Woman Gives Birth To Own Granddaughter For Her Married Gay Son
Cecile Eledge, 61, went above and beyond to give her son and his partner a baby, but she wasn't the only family member to help the couple become a family of three.
When Matthew Eledge, 32, and his partner Elliot Dougherty, 29, revealed how desperate they were to expand their family, Matthew's mother had "no hesitation" in offering to be a surrogate for the married couple.
Although it wasn't an easy process. Cecile Eledge, 61, had to undergo a number of lengthy medical checks before doctors at Omaha's University of Nebraska Medical Centre gave her the green light.
When the go-ahead finally came, Elliot's sister, Lea Yribe, donated the egg and Matthew donated the sperm. Remarkably, Cecile fell pregnant on the first IVF attempt.
“When you are gay and married and want to have a kid, you go into it with [the] knowledge that you are going to have to create a family in a special way,” said Matthew, according to CNN.
“There are creative, unique ways to build a family.”
Last week, Cecile gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Uma Louise, who arrived weighing just over five kilograms.
“We are thankful with how the whole process worked," Matthew said. "We are really grateful that both Uma and her grandma are here, happy and healthy."
The special moment was captured by photographer Ariel Panowicz and shared on Instagram. "Cele, you're a warrior," she wrote.
Matt and Elliott, "you're already the best dads", she continued.
The brand new fathers took to social media to share their story in the weeks before and after their baby girl made it earth-side.
"What an honour it is to have these two women in our life," Elliott posted on Facebook. "What a beautiful gift this has all been".
Their posts were met with love and support from family, friends and strangers.
"Truly amazing and such a selfless caring mother," one Facebook user said.
"Your story brought me to tears," said another.
As unique as this situation sounds, it's not the first time a grandma has given birth to her child's baby.
A UK mother, Emma Miles, 55, offered to be a surrogate for her daughter Tracey Smith, 31, who suffers from a condition which stops her from being able to carry a baby.
In January 2019, little Evie was born.
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And in 2016 a Greek grandmother, Anastassia Ontou, 67, became the oldest known surrogate in the world after giving birth to her daughter's baby girl.