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Susan Adcox

Grandmother Surrogate Delivers a Special Gift

By February 14, 2011

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Gift-giving is a frequent topic on this site, but few grandmothers will be able to match the gift that Kristine Casey gave to her grandson Finnean. By serving as his surrogate mother, she gave him the gift of life.

Kristine Casey is 61 years old. Finnean is the biological child of her daughter Sara Connell and her husband Bill, who have struggled with fertility issues. Some clinics would have barred Casey from surrogacy due to her age. She is ten years past menopause.

"If you give the uterus hormones, it will act like a young uterus," said a reproductive specialist quoted in the Chicago Tribune's coverage of the story. Most concerns about older women giving birth stem from the age of the egg. Since the egg came from Casey's daughter, that was not a concern. Casey did have to undergo numerous tests, including psychological evaluation, before being accepted as a surrogate. Casey's husband, also named Bill, at first had doubts but got on board.

This story about love that goes above and beyond seemed appropriate for Valentine's Day. If you're a grandmother, I bet you can't read this story without asking yourself: Would I do this for my family? I've asked myself, but I'm still not sure what my answer would be.

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February 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm
(1) Grandma Kc says:

Yep! I would do it in a minute. My daughter and I have a much better relationship than most Mother/Daughters and I think we could do this and end up being even closer than we already are.

On the other hand — I would NEVER have let my own mother do it for me! It would have been disastrous.

February 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm
(2) Grandma Lizzie says:

That is truly amazing. I’m not sure what my answer would be either.

February 15, 2011 at 11:41 am
(3) Grandma shelley says:

Not that many years ago I would have been on board. In fact, I thought about it a lot as an option. Now, not so sure.

February 16, 2011 at 10:39 am
(4) Nana Jo says:

I’m very happy at the wonderful outcome for the family involved, but I’m not so sure I would be able to do it. It’s one of those questions which somehow leaves me vaguely unsettled, although I can’t fully define why.

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