51-year-old grandmother gives birth to granddaughter

Three generations of women in the Loving and Lockwood families may have a stronger connection than a typical mother, daughter, grandmother relationship.

Julie Loving, 51, recently gave birth to her own granddaughter.

Loving’s daughter Brianna Lockwood was unable to conceive so Loving stepped in as a gestational carrier for her daughter and son-in-law, “Good Morning America” reported.

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On Nov. 2, she gave birth to Briar Juliette Lockwood and Lockwood was right by her mother’s side when her baby was born. She weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz., CBS News reported. Loving had to be induced 10 days before her due date and had to undergo an emergency cesarian section because of an issue with the baby’s umbilical cord. Otherwise, it was a normal pregnancy for Loving.

“It was definitely a surreal process. All the feelings came at once, just watching my mom go through everything and all she’s done for me and is continuing to do,” Lockwood told “Good Morning America.”

Lockwood married her husband Aaron Lockwood in 2016 and tried to start a family almost immediately. After a year, they went to a fertility specialist and had multiple in-virto fertilization, surgeries and several miscarriages, CBS News reported. None of the pregnancies went to term with doctors telling the couple that Brianna Lockwood’s uterus was unable to withstand pregnancy.

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Her doctor said she should consider a family member or friend to carry her baby. If she would use an agency to find a surrogate, it could cost more than $100,000.

Loving said she was prepared to carry her daughter’s child after running 19 marathons and multiple triathlons. She also said she had easy pregnancies with both of her children.

Loving had to undergo visits with specialists, her primary care physician, even a psychologist to be able to be her daughter’s surrogate. She had a successful embryo transfer in February on the first try and was pregnant in March, “Good Morning America” reported.

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They say, “It takes a village to raise a child”, but for some it can take a village to HAVE a child... ⠀ ⠀ We are happy to announce, finally, ...⠀ BABY LOCKWOOD IS ON THE WAY! ⠀ ⠀ Made with a lot of love, and a little bit of science...⠀ Baby Lockwood will be brought into this world via GESTATIONAL CARRIER, and this little miracle’s carrier is quite a special one. ⠀ ⠀ MY MOM.⠀ My mom will be carrying and delivering our baby!⠀ ⠀ The biggest supporter in my life is giving us our biggest blessing. My beautiful mama is carrying her first grandchild, Aaron and my biological child, as a gestational carrier!⠀ ⠀ Aaron and I had our reproductive DNA taken, fertilized, tested, and frozen via IVF, as my mom breezed through every preliminary test she took, to be able to give us this gift. Defying the odds at 51 years old, she’s pushing reproductive science out of the box, as ONE of only a handful of surrogates NATIONWIDE to deliver their grandchild via gestational surrogacy!⠀ ⠀ The trials and tribulations of infertility was undoubtedly the hardest venture we have had to face in our lives. ⠀ ⠀ In short that included...⠀ ⠀ 1311 days⠀ 476 injections⠀ 64 blood draws⠀ 7 surgical procedures ⠀ 3 rounds of harvesting eggs⠀ 19 frozen embryos ⠀ 8 IVF frozen embryo transfers total⠀ 4 failed embryo transfers⠀ 1 singleton miscarriage⠀ 1 twin miscarriage ⠀ 1 ectopic pregnancy ⠀ Countless tears⠀ ⠀ Sharing this adventure with my mom has been the most unique and amazing experience. Surrogacy is truly the most selfless gift. She is the pure example of “you would do anything for your kids”, and if i can even be half of the mother she is, I know i’m doing something right...⠀ ⠀ I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Kaplan with @fertilitycentersofillinois for his compassion and care in this field.⠀ ⠀ Baby Lockwood we can’t wait to meet you...⠀ See you in November!

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