A mother has given birth to her own granddaughter after acting as a surrogate for her daughter who was born without a womb.
55-year-old Emma Miles gave her 31-year-old daughter, Tracey, the best gift she could ever imagine by promising her to act as her surrogate and give birth to her own grandchild.
Despite being born without a womb, Tracey has always dreamt of starting a family with her husband Adam. Fortunately, her mother understood her desire better than anyone and decided to help the pair’s dreams come true.
“I can’t thank my mum enough for what she has done,” Tracey said. “I believed I’d never had a child of my own, so to have Evie in my arms is a dream come true.”
Speaking of her condition, the 31-year-old added:
“Scans showed I had been born without a womb, but with working ovaries and fallopian tubes.
“I was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome, a condition which causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or absent, although external genitalia appears normal.
“I was heartbroken I wouldn’t carry my own child. I was offered counseling and attended a support group with my mum but found it easier to bury my sad feelings.
“After diagnosis, Mum made an offer to one day carry my child for me. I didn’t really think about it then, and we never made a firm plan.”
Nevertheless, Tracey started thinking about her mom’s promise on a deeper level after she met Adam and got engaged to him.
“The issue of having a family was always on my mind. I’d told him it was never going to happen with me. It was an upsetting subject and I’d even tried to push him away,” Tracey recalled.
“But Adam told me it was me he wanted. So we started to be practical about ways we could try to start a family and attended an appointment with a fertility specialist at University Hospital Coventry.
“The doctor said IVF could work and asked if we had a surrogate in mind. We were over the moon.
“At home, Adam and I talked about using a surrogacy agency but worried about finding someone we trusted. British law gives the surrogate all parental rights from birth and that felt like a huge risk.
“Then I remembered mum’s offer. We met up in September 2016 and I asked her if she’d been serious. Her eyes lit up and she said, ‘Of course I was.’
“My dad Robert, 61, was also very supportive. He put it in writing, through a solicitor, that they would happily give parental rights to me and Adam once our baby was born.
“Mum met our consultant in March 2017 and they put a plan in place to prepare her body for pregnancy. They did not seem concerned about her age.
“They needed Mum to lose weight, which she was happy to do. In four months, she lost 6st — dropping to a healthy 11th 4lb.
“She took hormones in tablet form to ready her womb and, in May 2018, an embryo made up of my egg and Adam’s sperm was implanted.
“At our next appointment four weeks later, we were blown away when the nurse slid a positive pregnancy test across the table. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Mum had a straightforward pregnancy. I had expected some people might have been cruel about the fact my mum was carrying my child, but we’ve had nothing but kind comments.”
Following Evie’s extraordinary birth, the couple is now working to legally adopt the baby who officially belongs to Tracey’s mother.
“We are now going through the legal process of formally adopting Evie, as Mum and Dad are named on the birth certificate as the legal parents because of outdated surrogacy laws. Every moment I share with Evie, I am so grateful to mum for her amazing gift,” Tracey said.
“The fact Tracey’s mum made this miracle happen is amazing. I’ll never be able to thank her enough,” her 39-year-old partner added.
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