Julie Loving gave her daughter the gift of life for a second time.
Quite a few mothers have wonderfully brought up their children and have such amazing relationships with them. Despite the children becoming adults, mothers continue being a very active part of their kids’ lives. And it is beautiful to see how these mothers still have so much left to give, like this mom.
51-year-old Julie Loving just gave her daughter the gift of life for a second time. The mom delivered her granddaughter as the gestational carrier on November 2, 2020.
Twenty-nine-year-old Breanna Lockwood is ecstatic. According to TODAY, in an Instagram post announcing the birth, the new mom wrote, “My mom was an absolute rockstar through a difficult delivery. The sacrifices she took to bring this little slice of heaven into our world takes my breath away. Holding my daughter in my arms my heart is bursting. The feeling of how I would do absolutely anything needed for this child is radiating through me when I look at her, and reflects back on what my mom did for me.”
“It’s been a textbook pregnancy,” Loving told TODAY. “Everything’s been perfect.”
In the announcement post, Breanna also shared her daughter’s name — Briar Juliette Lockwood — a sweet, loving homage to her own mom.
Needless to say, all this happiness comes after a lot of pain, sorrow, and tears. The reason why Julie became the gestational carrier was because Breanna had struggled with infertility for years.
Breanna and her husband had been trying to have a baby for years but were unable to. The 30-year-old had experienced 476 injections, 64 blood draws, 4 failed embryo transfers out of the 8 IVF frozen embryo transfers in total, 7 surgical procedures, 1 single baby miscarriage, 1 twin miscarriage, and an ectopic pregnancy, as per this Instagram post. It was after a D&C procedure (used to remove a pregnancy), which left Lockwood with problematic scar tissue in her uterus, she and her husband Aaron had to resort to the idea of using a gestational carrier.
And that’s when her mom offered to be the carrier. The daughter was initially skeptical. “My mama came to me multiple times offering to carry for us. My response? I laughed. “you crazy!?” lol… I did not think that was even possible. 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. She’s a hardcore athlete, who’s completed multiple Boston marathons and super into heath and fitness. She sets a goal and she goes for it,” wrote Breanna, in an Instagram post.
“Most Americans cannot afford a gestational carrier,” said Breanna’s fertility specialist, Dr. Brian Kaplan of Fertility Centers of Illinois. “It’s over $100,000.” Even the doctor was skeptical about Julie carrying the baby.
“My immediate reaction was, ‘This is not a good thing,’” said Kaplan. “Normally a gestational carrier should be under 40 years, but in medicine you have to look at an individual and personalize it.”
Multiple tests and exams later, the doctors ascertained that Julie was fit to be a surrogate, as per CBS News. Though the daughter had misgivings, the mother was absolutely sure that she could carry the baby. Julie got the IVF process done. “Fortunately she got pregnant the very first time with the very first embryo,” Dr. Kaplan shared.
Both the surrogate (grand) mom and Briar, who was born at 7 lbs. 1 oz., are “fantastic and healthy”, as per Breanna’s update.