Though the headline may bring to mind the harrowing plot of the movie Chinatown, this is actually a touching story of multi-generational maternal love.
Angel Herbert, 25, of Maine, wanted to have kids but couldn’t due to a heart condition. Her mom, Linda Sirois, told her daughter she’d carry a baby for her if necessary. When the time came, Herbert and her husband took her up on the offer.
At age 49, Sirois gave birth to her grandson after carrying the baby as a surrogate.
“It was all pretty simple as far as I was concerned,” Sirois told the Maine Sunday Telegram.
But find a fertility clinic to take them on wasn’t so simple– several turned them down due to Sirois’ age but finally the Reproductive Science Center in Lexington, Massachusetts agreed to work with them. Sirois became pregnant the first try. Herbert and her husband provided the fertilized egg and Sirois provided the womb.
The pregnancy was Sirois’ fifth– she has four older children, including a set of twins– and her easiest. She suffered no morning sickness or complications. “I didn’t have any young children around — my youngest are in college — so that made it easier,” she said. Madden Herbert was born August 13, via C-section. “It was awesome,” said Hebert, who was in the delivery room with her mother. “It was an awesome, awesome experience.”
“I just saw it as I was babysitting for a few months,” Sirois said. “It was their child all along. It was just a room for rent.”
Congratulations to all of them! And how about that easy fifth pregnancy at 49? Whaddaya know?
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