Pregnancy
61-year-old menopausal woman gives birth to her grandson
61-year-old Kris had just retired and was contemplating her life and purpose when an idea came to her.
Cherie Gozon
09.28.22

The Road to Motherhood

When Sara and Bill Connell married, they knew they wanted children from the get-go. They tried to have a baby right away.

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However, the couple found themselves in roadblock after roadblock. After a year of trying and the couple realized nothing was happening. So Sara consulted a fertility specialist to understand what was going on.

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Dr. Carolyn Coulam said Sara wasn’t ovulating and prescribed her ovulatory-inducing medications. Eighteen months of that still didn’t result in anything. Dr. Coulam suggested that the couple try invitro fertilization or IVF.

Heartbreak and Loss

The couple was hopeful about that suggestion and went with it. They had a positive result on their first try, and the couple was excited to learn they were having twins.

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Sara was only five and a half months into her pregnancy when she went into premature labor. The couple was heartbroken to find stillborn twins out of Sara’s womb. Despite the heartache, they tried again, only to find their hearts broken once more.

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They felt like time was slipping from their hands, and they were running out of options. Sara suffered from PTSD after going through all that.

Retiring and Lost

Sara’s mother, Kristine Casey, grieved for her daughter’s loss. She knew how much it meant for her daughter to have kids, only to find none after years of trying. However, Kris had a crisis on her own.

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Kris had just retired that time, and she felt she was lost and had no purpose. It was like retirement was the end of what was once a fruitful life for her. She took time to meditate and reflect to find out what she wanted.

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She then realized that she had found her purpose when she gave birth to her daughters. Coincidentally, she read an article about a post-menopausal woman who gave birth. This sparked an idea, and something that people might think was crazy but made a lot of sense to her.

Mending Each Other’s Hearts

Kris wrote a letter to Sara proposing that they go through IVF again, only that she would be the one to carry the baby, a surrogate for her daughter’s baby.

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“The idea of having a family member being open to doing this for us was so extraordinary for us,” Sara Connell told the Tribune.

Dr. Coulam assisted Kris through the process by giving her hormone medication to prepare her for the pregnancy before finally implanting the fertilized egg in her uterus. Eight days later, Kris was pregnant.

A Mother’s Love

Kris went through it all again and said everything she felt was worse than when she was pregnant with her daughters. But that could never compare with the joy she felt in giving her daughter the gift of motherhood.

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The day finally came. Kris was in labor for 30 hours until the doctors decided to perform a C-Section. Sara was anxiously waiting to see the baby and hold him in her hands. And when they finally heard that first cry, she just couldn’t help but sob.

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The family cried tears of joy seeing little Finnean. Sara and Bill finally had their dreams come true of becoming parents – all thanks to a mother’s love that would do anything for her child.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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