Los Angeles (AFP) - A 58-year-old Utah woman is expecting a baby she is carrying for her daughter, with plans to give birth to her own granddaughter, reports said Friday.
Julia Navarro, a Peruvian who lives in the western US state, agreed to be implanted with one of her daughter Lorena McKinnon’s fertilized eggs after the 32-year-old had a string of miscarriages.
“As a family, we have to help each other,” Navarro, who is expecting to give birth the baby in early February, told The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper.
Navarro, a nurse’s aide, had to undergo tests to ensure she was physically fit to give birth. She had been menopausal for about 12 years but gave herself hormone shots every day for three months to prepare for being implanted.
She and her daughter also had to sign contracts about parental rights and take three months of state-ordered counseling.
“The psychologists wanted to make sure we knew what we were getting into – that we were mentally prepared,” said McKinnon. "Mostly, surrogacy contracts are with people you don’t know.
“It was weird to have a contract with my mom.”
Doctors gave her only a 45 percent chance of an egg being successfully implanted. But it worked the first time, and the pregnancy has gone smoothly, with no morning sickness, cravings or discomfort.