Meet the surrograndma – the woman who gave birth to her own granddaughter

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Breanna Lockwood and her husband, Aaron, with Julie Loving. Julie gave birth to her granddaughter via C-section on 2 November.
Breanna Lockwood and her husband, Aaron, with Julie Loving. Julie gave birth to her granddaughter via C-section on 2 November. (PHOTO: INSTAGRAM@IVF.SURROGACY.DIARY)

There’s not much a mother wouldn’t sacrifice for her children – but even this would make the most devoted mom think twice. Breanna Lockwood and her husband, Aaron, had been struggling conceive when Breanna’s mom, Julie Loving, offered to carry their baby for them.

“My mom, Julie, is 51 years old and had already been through menopause! But she was persistent. One thing about my mom is when she sets her mind to something, she goes for it,” Breanna says.

Breanna (29) and Aaron, who had been through the trauma of unsuccessful IVF treatment and miscarriages, agreed to give it a shot.

“My husband and I had no issues creating embryos with my egg and his sperm. Half the work was done. Our embryos were frozen already waiting for us. Once our fertility doctor was on board and he prepared my mom’s body to carry, taking her out of menopause through hormone therapy, the rest fell into place.”

Julie, who also has a 27-year-old son, is a keen athlete who runs marathons and takes part in triathlons. 

“I felt like health-wise I could do it and I had really easy pregnancies with my two kids,” she says.

The couple’s daughter, and Julie’s granddaughter, Briar Juliette Lockwood, was born on 2 November.

“She definitely rocked the pregnancy and the birth rocked her a little bit, but she did a great job. It was a super emotional day with lots of tears and lots of happy times and some scary times, but our doctors and team were great,” Breanna says.

She added that it was “a surreal process” watching her mother give birth to her child.

“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,” she said in an interview on Good Morning America.

Breanna, who shared their pregnancy journey on her Instagram page, said her mom gave birth after being induced 10 days before her due date. 

Julie, who had had a normal pregnancy, had to undergo an emergency C-section due to difficulties with the umbilical cord, and the baby was delivered safely. 

Breanna was at her mom's side every step of the wa
Breanna was at her mom's side every step of the way. (PHOTO: INSTAGRAM@IVF.SURROGACY.DIARY)

Breanna explained that their fertility struggle was the hardest thing she has had to deal with. She and Aaron had tried to conceive from the time they were married, four years ago, but doctors told her that her uterus was not strong enough for her to carry a baby.

“When you have a plan for your life and then something like infertility gets in the way, I felt like I couldn’t see what I pictured anymore, that it could be taken away from me.” 

It was hard to imagine there could be light at the end of the tunnel, she says.

“But as long as you can keep telling yourself there are so many ways to become a mother, it’s not just pregnancy. There’s so many ways to become a parent, whatever option you choose."

In South Africa, Karen Ferreira Jorge and her mom, Pat Anthony, made headlines when Pat carried her daughter’s triplets, as the country’s first surrogate in 1987.

Karen who passed away in 2011, was 25 at the time and was unable to conceive a second child. 

Her mother, Pat, who was 47 at the time, carried her triplets, Paula, José and David, who were born in October 1987. 

The Ferreira Jorge family. Karen Ferreira Jorge wi
The Ferreira Jorge family. Karen Ferreira Jorge with her triplets David (left), Paula (front), husband Alcino, Jose (right) and eldest son Alcino jr. (PHOTO: FACEBOOK/JOSE FERREIRA JORGE)

“I think children are part of married life, a vitally important part, and Karen was going to be denied that,” Pat said then. 

“When I first heard the babies cry, it was just beautiful. I felt like any other happy granny whose daughter had just had a child.”


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