A 61-year-old woman recently gave birth to her own grandchild. On Monday, Mar. 25 baby Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge made her grand debut at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha—and it was all thanks to her grandma, Cecile Eledge. Read on for this incredible story.

Eledge’s son Matthew and his husband Elliot Dougherty wanted to start a family, but they needed some help—namely, they needed a surrogate. That’s when Eledge’s own mother volunteered to be their gestational carrier. Cecile told KETV, “There was no moment of hesitation. It was natural instinct.”

After undergoing the standard testing to ensure Cecile was healthy enough to be her son’s gestational carrier, doctors gave the go-ahead for the 61-year-old to to carry the baby. Even though Cecile spent nine months carrying Uma, she wasn’t the only family member who played a part in the birth of her granddaughter. Dougherty’s sister was their egg donor!

Following the birth, Matthew told KETV, “We are thankful with how the whole process worked.” He went on to add, “We are really grateful that both Uma and her grandma are here, happy and healthy. For the time being, we’re just going to relax and enjoy this moment.”

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What an incredible family building story, filled with such love. Congrats to the whole fam!

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: RitaE via Pixabay

 

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