Maddie Coleman knew from a young age that she would never be able to carry her own child. At just 14 years old, doctors told Maddie she had a disorder affecting her uterus and cervix, meaning she could not conceive naturally.
Even at 14, Maddie was crushed to hear this news. Her mom, Megan Barker, was at the appointment with her and they both cried and consoled each other after hearing the diagnosis.
"We cried and held each other as we walked to the car. But [my mom] stopped me, looked me in the eyes and said, 'When you get older and want a child, I'll carry your baby,' " Coleman, 24, told PEOPLE.
Coleman remembers thinking that offer was "totally weird" at the time. However, in 2015, a tumor was discovered on Maddie's ovary and she decided to take her mom up on the offer.
The tumor removal would mean she would likely go into menopause, meaning her eggs would no longer be viable. Maddie decided to have her eggs frozen, then she and her husband Tyler approached Megan.
Of course, her mom said yes.
"I knew how important it was for Maddie to be a mom and I understood there were other options like adoption, but I wanted her to know a biological baby was a viable option," Megan Barker said. "I'm just so fortunate I was able to provide the opportunity and that the IVF worked the first time. It's the greatest gift."
Maddie Coleman said she wasn't even sure she wanted kids until a few years down the road, but she knew her mother was getting older and there was only so much time left before this was no longer a viable option.
Baby Gus Wyatt Coleman was born on October 22nd, 2016. He was delivered naturally and weighed 7lbs, 7 oz.
"Just getting to see Tyler and Maddie hold Gus is the greatest reward," says Barker. "Knowing they can be the mommy and daddy they would not have otherwise been able to be is the best prize. This has been the best experience of my life."