We know the path to parenthood using an egg donor, sperm donor, surrogate or a combination of these can be daunting and confusing. We are here to help you navigate that path and put all the pieces together! Here are some stories of surrogacy families in the news and in our family at New York Fertility Services.
Grandma gives birth to her own twin granddaughters
Susie Kozisek just became a grandmother for the third time, which would be a snoozer of a story save for the fact that she has given birth to all of her own grandchildren. The 53-year-old from Iowa has been the gestational carrier for her daughter, a process that involved harvesting eggs and sperm from the parents and then implanting the resulting embryo into Kozisek’s uterus.
Dr. Batzofin comments:
The concept of a mother acting as a Gestational Carrier for her daughter, is not a new one in our field. It is understandable because mothers usually want to see their children experience the joys of parenthood. In fact, on several occasions I have had mothers sit in consultations with their daughters and ask if they can act as a surrogate for their daughter, even when this may not be medically necessary. Invariably, the mother is an advanced age (in this case 53). It becomes incumbent on the health care provider to ensure the person is healthy enough to undertake a pregnancy.
Pregnancy in women over the age of 45 poses risks that need to be evaluated and mitigated in advance of the pregnancy. On occasion it may be necessary to decline permission for a mother to act as a Gestational Carrier for her daughter, because her general health is deemed unsuitable. The pregnancy, if it occurs, will always be a high risk pregnancy due to the advanced age of the mother. As to what the child should call the grandmother after birth, it seems clear it should always call her Grandma or Granny or some other affectionate term referencing that she is the grandmother. The child should not refer to the Gestational Carrier as mother, because the egg and sperm will come from the intended parents, who are indeed the mother and father. In summary, this option should be considered when indicated. It can be a win:win:win (grandmother, mother and child) situation that will give significant happiness to them and the extended family, for years to come.
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More couples, like Jimmy Fallon and his wife, turning to surrogacy
In late July, Jimmy Fallon surprised his fans by announcing that he and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, had a brand new baby girl. Now, Fallon has revealed a second baby surprise: daughter Winnie Rose Fallon is here thanks to a surrogate.
“My wife and I had been trying a while to have a baby,” Fallon told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “We tried a bunch of things – so we had a surrogate.”
More couples, and not just celebrities, are turning to surrogacy to start or grow their families, according to recent statistics. In particular, gestational surrogacy – that is, when the surrogate mother is not genetically related to the baby she is carrying — is becoming more common in the U.S.
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