A 61-year-old grandmother was able to give birth to her own granddaughter as a surrogate for her son and his husband because they were the body of a 40-year-old & # 39; has.
Cecile Eledge knew that her son Matthew, 32, and his husband Elliot Dougherty, 29, are considering IVF to start their family after they got married in 2015.
Elliot & # 39; s sister, Lea Yribe, 26, offered to donate her eggs and then Cecile offered to carry the baby.
Although she gave birth more than three decades ago – and went through the menopause 10 years ago – Cecile assured the couple that she & # 39; would like to be pregnant & # 39; , and if she could, she would & # 39; in an instant & # 39; redo.
Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge was born on March 25 at the University Medical Center of Nebraska in Omaha, weighing five pounds and 13 grams.
& # 39; I will never forget to see those boys hovering over their baby and thinking, "God, this is exactly how it should be," Cecile told PEOPLE.
Doctors told the magazine that Cecile is in extremely good health and has passed blood, cardiovascular and gynecological tests to determine if she can carry a baby with & # 39; flying colors &.
Cecile Eledge, 61, offered to be a surrogate for her son Matthew, 32, and his husband Elliot Dougherty, 29. Pictured: Uma Louise
She underwent a series of tests, including a smear, blood test, cholesterol test, stress tests, a mammogram and an ultrasound, which she easily went through. Pictured: Cecile with Uma on the day she was born (thanks to Ariel Panowicz)
According to the family's reproductive endocrinologist, Cecile has the body of a 40-year-old and is actually in better shape than some 20-year-olds. Pictured: Matthew (with a hat) and his husband Elliot seeing their daughter for the first time
Dr. Maud Doherty, the reproductive endocrinologist of the family, told PEOPLE that Cecile is in good health for her age.
& # 39; There are whole, whole a few 61-year-olds who are good enough to even consider doing this, & he said.
Cecile underwent a series of tests, including a smear, blood test, cholesterol test, stress tests, a mammogram and an ultrasound scan, which she easily passed by January 2018.
In addition, the grandmother walks five miles every other day, is a regular cyclist and enjoys spending an hour on the elliptical machine, PEOPLE reported.
The doctors have confirmed that she is in a remarkable form and is fully capable of carrying a baby in the long term.
& # 39; She has a 40-year-old's body and is in better condition than some 20-year-olds, & # 39; said Dr. Doherty. & # 39; She is genetically blessed. & # 39;
Cecile then underwent various hormone treatments. She started using estrogen in May 2018 to give her postmenopausal body a menstrual cycle.
With Eledge's sperm, doctors implanted several fertilized eggs into Cecile's womb, and, remarkably, she fell pregnant with the first attempt.
Eggs were donated by Dougherty & # 39; s sister, Lea Yribe, and fertilized with Matthew & # 39; s sperm. Pictured, from left to right: Yribe, Dougherty, Cecile and Matthew
With Eledge's sperm, doctors implanted several fertilized eggs into Cecile's womb, and, remarkably, she fell pregnant with the first attempt. Cecile had increased morning sickness, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. Pictured, left and right: Uma
Cecile was able to give birth naturally to Uma, instead of the C-section procedure that doctors had expected. Pictured: Matthew, left and Elliot with baby Uma
Cecile was then given progesterone to thicken the uterine mucus and ensure that the eggs were stuck.
After a difficult nine months – strewn with increased morning sickness, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy – doctors decided to induce labor.
Doctors were amazed when Cecile was able to give birth to Uma's womb naturally after an 18-hour delivery, instead of the C-section procedure they had expected.
A nurse places Uma on Cecile & # 39; s chest because: & # 39; I wanted to be the first to hold her & # 39 ;.
Photographer Ariel Panowicz captured the emotional moment that Matthew and Elliot looked at their daughter for the first time, while grandmother Cecile held the baby in her arms.
The couple sees the one moment between crying and inconsolable standing in each other's arms and shines with pride in the next moment.
Uma was born on March 25 at the University Medical Center of Nebraska in Omaha, weighing five pounds and 13 grams. On the photo: the family gathers around Cecile
Currently Uma is fed with breast milk donated by one of the couple's friends and Matthew stays at home while Elliot works. Pictured: Cecile kises the summit of Uma & # 39; s head
& # 39; Growing up we would always tease my mother & # 39 ;, Mathew said to DailyMail.com in March.
& # 39; But having been in that room (during labor) was such a & # 39; n visceral moment. All the jokes were stopped. She was like a warrior – so strong. I just have a deep respect for her and the incredible woman she is. & # 39;
Currently Uma is fed with breast milk donated by one of the couple's friends and Matthew stays at home while Elliot works.
Cecile and her husband, Kirk, stop every Friday.
& # 39; She is my granddaughter, not my daughter, & # 39; she said to PEOPLE. & # 39; The best thing is that if she is picky, I can just hand her over to her parents. & # 39;
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