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Grandma has daughter's baby at 61

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 31, 2012 | 0 comments

Labor of Love: Woman Carries Her Daughter's Baby
Kristine Casey, 61, gave birth to her own grandson even though she had gone through menopause 10 years before.

Through hormones and in vitro fertilization, she was able to become pregnant after only two tries.

Her own daughter, Sara Connell, 35, had been unable to carry a pregnancy to term, but the doctors were able to use one of her eggs and one of her husband Bill's sperm to create Finnean.

Finnean arrived last week via c-section. Of her mother's gift, Sara said,

"The idea of having a family member being open to doing this for us was so extraordinary for us."

For her part, Casey said,

"From the very beginning, the moment I've wanted is the moment the baby is in their arms. I've been clear since after my third child that I didn't need to have any more children, and as much as I will be delighted to be a grandmother, I don't want to take a baby home."

What an incredible gift she gave both to her daughter and her grandson. Surely they will share a unique bond that many grandmas and grandsons do not get to experience.


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Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story, by Sara Connell. Publisher: Seal Press (August 28, 2012)Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story
by Sara Connell

-- In February 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara’s son, Finnean.

At that moment, Kristine—the gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s child—became the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.

Bringing in Finn is the incredible story of one woman’s hard-fought and often painful journey to motherhood.

In this achingly honest memoir, Connell recounts the tragedy and heartbreak of losing pregnancies; the process of opening her heart and mind to the idea of her 61-year-old mother carrying her child for her; and the profound bond that blossomed between mother and daughter as a result of their unique experience together.

Moving, inspiring, and ultimately triumphant, Bringing in Finn is an extraordinary tale of despair, hope, forgiveness, and redemption—and the discovery that when it comes to unconditional love, there are no limits to what can be achieved.

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Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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