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Grandma gives birth to her granddaughter at age 61
Grandma gives birth to her granddaughter at age 61: Remarkable pictures show a Nebraska surrogate cradling her son and his husband's newborn baby girl after she went through IVF for them

When Matthew Eledge, 32, and Elliot Dougherty, 29, began considering IVF as an option for conceiving a child two years ago, the couple say they were amused by Matthew’s 61-year-old mother’s offer to be their surrogate. Having last given birth more than 30 years ago, Cecile Eledge, who went through menopause 10 years ago, assured the couple that she ‘loved being pregnant’, and, if she could, she’d ‘do it again in a heartbeat’. Meeting with a reproductive endocrinologist in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew shared his mother’s ‘crazy’ declaration with Dr. Carolyn Maud Dougherty, who assured him there was nothing crazy about her idea at all. With Cecile identified as a suitable host, Matthew and Elliot were once again blown away by another act of kindness from within their family. This time, it was Elliot’s 26-year-old sister, Lea Yribe, who offered the couple her eggs, having just given birth to her second child. And, following a difficult nine-months – riddled with heightened morning sickness and frightening blood pressure spikes as a result of her age – Cecile gave birth Monday. Doctors were stunned when Cecile was able to give birth to Uma naturally, instead of the C-section procedure they'd anticipated. Photographer Ariel Panowicz captured the emotional moment Matthew (right in right image) and Elliot (left in right image) glanced down at their daughter for the first time, as grandma Cecile clutched the baby in her arms (right and left). 


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