61-year-old grandmother serves as surrogate for gay son's baby

“I was just so excited to be able to be part of this adventure with them. … It was just unconditional love.”
61-year-old grandmother serves as surrogate for gay son's baby

A 61-year-old grandmother, Cecile Eledge, offered to be a surrogate to her gay son's unborn child.

Thus giving birth to her own grandchild last week.

Last Monday, Eledge was delivered of grandchild, Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in the United States of America.

Matthew Eledge said, "Nebraska is a bit more conservative, and we were hesitant to go into agencies, and had a bit of fear that maybe some things would hold us back being a gay couple,

"That’s when Cecile offered to be the couple’s gestational carrier."

An excited Cecile excitedly said, “I just never hesitated.

“I was just so excited to be able to be part of this adventure with them. … It was just unconditional love.”

Matthew recalled that he was hesitant at first to think that his mother could deliver his baby at 61 years old.

He said, “I put my foot in my mouth

"I told her, ‘Mom, you’re postmenopausal. … You can’t do that, right?"

"More so the doctors admitted that she could, they then after gave her a clean bill of health and the go-ahead and the whole family prepared for the pregnancy.

“It was really exciting to know that my mom and dad and whole ancestry and family lineage were going to be a part of her,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty lost his own mother recently, but he’s found comfort in seeing how much Uma resembles his family.

He said; “I was feeding her, and it was early, and she wasn't eating very fast, and I just looked at her face, and I saw my mom's face there,” Dougherty said. “In a way it just felt like I was taking care of my sweet mom.”

Dougherty and Matthew Eledge said they anticipate difficult conversations and narrow-minded reactions over Uma’s unconventional birth story, but the couple is prepared to explain the circumstances to Uma when she gets older.

He said, “I’ll tell her, Aunt Lea gave a piece of her.

“She gave a seed to start the gift of life, and her grandmother provided the loving garden for her to bloom, and I think that’s gorgeous.”

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