OMAHA – Most grandmothers have a special bond with their grandchildren, but one grandmother from Gretna, NE has an even greater bond. She carried the baby for nine months as a surrogate for her son and his husband.
61-year-old Cecile Eledge delivered five pounds, 13-ounce Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge on Monday, March 25.
When her son Matthew and his husband Elliot Dougherty wanted to expand their family, she volunteered. “There was no moment of hesitation. It was a natural instinct.” Cecile Eledge said.
With her age in consideration, Cecile undertook several medical tests before doctors determined her health allowed her to be the surrogate. Dougherty’s sister donated the egg and Matthew donated the sperm.
“We are thankful with how the whole process worked,” said Matthew Eledge. “We are really grateful that both Uma and her grandma are here, happy and healthy. For the time being, we’re just going to relax and enjoy this moment.”