There are all kinds of ways to become a family, but littleUma Louise Dougherty-Eledgehas a truly unique story of how she came into this world. The baby girl was born to delighted dadsMatthew EledgeandElliot Doughertyafter being conceived via in vitro fertilization. They used Eledge’s swimmers and eggs from Dougherty’s sister. But the person who carried that baby around and grew her in her belly for nine months was actually baby Uma’sgrandmother.
Yup - Eledge’s 61-year-old motherCecile Reynek Eledgeserved as the gestational carrier, helping her son and his hubs to become first-time parents. The proud papa says other people had offered to be a surrogate for them and carry their baby, but in the end, it never worked out. So that’s when they found their one-of-a-kind way to create their family.
"I had a lot of people in college say they would (carry and deliver a child), but when push comes to shove, that's a huge commitment," Eledge explains. The couple felt other options were “too corporate” for them, like they were buying something. Now he says, “More than anything, we feel lucky to have women selfless enough to do this.”