As a mother, it’s difficult to explain the pleasure and sometimes pain associated with being responsible for someone else’s life. I heard a quote years ago that summed up motherhood perfectly;
“being a mother is like having your heart walk around outside of your body”.
In my opinion, this string of words eloquently denotes the experience of motherhood through and through. So when I ran across an article about a 61 year old grandmother that gave birth to her grandson, all I could do was smile and beam with pride. What wouldn’t you do for your child? It seems there’s no limit as this type of surrogacy has become more and more common. When it comes to surrogate parenting, the Connell’s arrangement is not as uncommon as one might think.
In August, 49-year-old Linda Sirois of Maine gave birth to her grandson Madden when her daughter Angel Herbert, 25, son-in-law Brian Herbet where unable to conceive.
While age is a limiting factor for the safety of such late-in-life surrogacy, hormonal supplementation and the use of donor eggs make pregnancy possible even in women who have gone through menopause.
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