Jacky Edwards from Somerset, England knew she wanted to have a baby with her husband, but doctors told her there was no chance. At 47, after having an emergency hysterectomy years earlier, IVF clinics refused to even meet with Jacky. While she was already a mother of 5, her first husband died and she had remarried, and wanted to start a family with her new husband Paul.
The couple were desperate: it seemed like they had no choice but to hire a surrogate, but Jacky wanted to be more connected to the baby.
Then, Jacky's daughter Katherine suggested the perfect solution.
Katherine is 30 and a mother of 2 kids of her own. She knew how desperate her mother was to have a child, and volunteered to be a surrogate for her and Paul, hoping it would "bring some happiness" to her mother to make up for her first husband's death.
“My eyes just welled up with tears," Jacky told the Daily Mail, "The fact that she was willing to do this for me and Paul, it stopped my heart completely.” The family realizes their situation sounds like something from a bad daytime show ("I Gave Birth To My Own Brother") but it meant everything to Jacky and Paul.
Family surrogates aren't unheard of, but they're very rare. To make up for Katherine's commitment, Paul and Jacky paid her £1,000 (about $1,300) to help cover her costs. While everyone agreed to it, they still found their situation a bit strange.
"As a nurse I’m very used to being matter of fact," Jacky said, "but it was gross."
Jacky and Paul finally had their wish come true when baby Caspian was born, happy and healthy. While the confusing laws about surrogacy mean that the family has to deal with lots of paperwork, they're just happy everything has worked out well.
“It all fell into place. We are totally over the moon with him. We look at him and pinch ourselves because it seemed impossible that Paul and I would ever be able to have a baby together,” says Jacky.
Meanwhile, Katherine was just glad to be done. "I was at home two hours later, sipping champagne in the bath, while mum took on the role of new mother."
[H/T: Daily Mail]