Maddie Coleman was just 14-years-old when doctors delivered news that many women dread: she would never be able to conceive naturally. She was diagnosed with a condition that affects her uterus and ovaries, and prevents her from carrying a child.
As expected, Coleman and her mom, Megan Barker, were both devastated by this prognosis, but it didn't stop Barker from suggesting a solution as they made their way home from the doctor's office.
"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 told People in an interview last year.
As a teen, Coleman thought her mother's offer was "totally weird," but after a tumor was discovered on her ovaries in 2015, she didn't think twice about taking her up on the offer.
"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," 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."
On October 22, 2016, Barker gave birth to her grandson, Gus Wyatt Coleman.
"Just getting to see Tyler and Maddie hold Gus is the greatest reward," said 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."
Now, a little over a year since Gus came into the world, Coleman and her husband are trying for a second child, and Barker will once again be the surrogate.