Breanna Lockwood and her husband Aaron got married in June 2016. But they could not become parents due to some medical issues. The couple decided to seek help from a fertility clinic in Illinois. But unfortunately that also did not go as planned. Breanna suffered two miscarriages and later developed Asherman's syndrome, a condition that's acquired from scarred tissue in the uterus.
Her doctor, Dr. Brian Kaplan, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Centers of Illinois, suggested surrogacy. But hiring a surrogate can cost the Lockwoods almost $100,000 and that's too much for them. So Breanna's 51-year-old mother, Julie Loving, offered them a solution by volunteering to carry her grandchild for them.
Although her daughter was hesitant at first, but Julie eventually made her understand the situation. When Breanna and Julie visited Dr. Kaplan, he scheduled few tests for the surrogate. Julie soon exceeded all expectations by passing those tests. She also underwent a range of psychology tests.
Now, 21 weeks into the pregnancy, Breanna says she's finally allowing herself to get excited after years of disappointment and heartbreak. Just last week, they felt the baby kick for the first time and found out they were having a little girl.
Aaron who always believed 'it's going to work', and even though he's unable to attend the appointments at the moment because of the global health crisis, he's been working on their baby's nursery.
I kind of felt like I went through this with her from the beginning. I felt all of her grief and her struggle. I knew that I was healthy as a 51-year-old, and I knew I could do this for her, I took good care of myself. I actually don't feel 50, I feel 30!