Surrogacy story of a 54 year old grandmother! The womb which brought her daughter also brought the granddaughter!
The reason why many women opt out of surrogacy is that, they aren’t alright with the concept of their baby growing inside a stranger’s womb for 9 months. But what if the womb were the same womb you grew up in a few decades ago? A daughter took the help of her mother to have her baby. Find out how this Texas woman gave birth to her very own granddaughter.
1 Medical Jargon you need to know before reading this article
Surrogacy is the practice of a woman bearing an infertile (or any other couple who cannot give birth to a child) couples’ child. There are two main types such as Gestational and Traditional. In gestational, the embryo growing in the surrogate mother’s womb is in no way related to the surrogate mother herself. Traditional is when the embryo is biologically related to the mother.
In Vitro fertilization is what makes surrogacy possible. In this procedure, an egg is fertilized by a sperm on the outside and not in the womb. ‘In vitro’ literally translates into ‘in glass’. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process.
Artificial Insemination is the deliberate act of injecting sperm into the woman’s uterus or cervix, for achieving pregnancy. It is a type of fertility treatment in humans and a breeding technique in animals.
Menopause is that point of time in a woman’s life where she finally bids goodbye to the menstrual cycle. At around 45-55 years of age, women normally hit the ‘menopause’ age. It is said that following menopause, a woman will no longer be able to conceive.
2 The woman from Texas
Recently in Texas, USA, Tracey Thompson, a 54-year-old woman gave birth to her very own granddaughter by being her surrogate mother. This was a result of numerous failed attempts at having a child by her daughter, Kelley McKissack, aged 28.
Kelley and her husband Aaron had attempted a number of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatments and also three heart wrenching miscarriages. Following all this, Kelley decided that a surrogate mother was the best option to have a child. What better option than her very own biological mother?
Apparently, back in her teens, Kelley had jokingly asked her mother Tracey to bear her child for her if she couldn’t. Never in her wildest dreams did she actually think she would be doing it a number of years later. Tracey delivered a healthy, 6 pound 11 ounce baby girl at The Medical Center of Plano, Texas. The child was named Kelcey, a combination of Kelly and Tracey.
3 How this was made possible?
Infertility is a common unfortunate condition that afflicts almost one in six couples. The Kissacks had remaining four embryos from previous IVF treatments, when Tracey offered to indulge in surrogacy to have their child.
In April 2015, an embryo was successfully planted into Tracey. Although she was seven years past menopause, she was in excellent health, as said by The Medical Center of Plano. After undergoing certain specialized treatments to prepare her body for child bearing before the implantation, she was good to go.
Tracey Thompson regards this favour to her daughter as a blessing. The family is sharing their story to let people know that surrogacy is definitely a viable option for those struggling to have a child.