There have already been reported cases ofmoms carrying babies for their daughtersto help them fulfill their dream of motherhood, but one woman in Brazil definitely has those generous ladies beat.
Fifty-one-year-old Maria da Gloria just gave birth to her twin granddaughters earlier this week via C-section, making her daughter and the babies' mother, Fernanda Medeiros, one very happy lady.
Wow. Twins at 51 is impressive enough, but when they're you're own grandkids? Yeah, that's nothing short of amazing. (She wins the grandmother-of-the-year award for sure.)
And Maria definitely had a lot of time to think about being a surrogate for her daughter, because Fernanda had her uterus removed at the tender age of only 13. She said, "At the time, it was so sad because I had always wanted to be a mother."
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A few years ago, she heard about another grandmother who had carried her own grandchild, and so she and her mother went to see a doctor, but were turned away because Maria was too old. But they didn't give up, and obviously they found another doctor who was willing to try -- and Maria became pregnant with her daughter's twins through IVF.
Every time I hear about a mother doing this for her daughter, I'm equally amazed, and I know I'd do the same thing for my own child (if I had a daughter, of course).
It must be unbearable to watch helplessly as your daughter aches to become a parent, so I can totally understand why moms like Maria jump at the chance to come to the rescue and carry their own grandbabies.
And considering just how close most grandparents are with their grandchildren when they arrive the old fashioned way, I can't even begin to imagine the bond Maria will share with those two little girls as they grow up.
It must be nothing short of incredible to carry your own children, give birth to them and watch them grow up, and then do it all over again with their children.
There's definitely no limit to a mother's love (not to mention a grandmother's!).
Would you carry your daughter's babies?
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