This is a fascinating story–actually it appears to be a history making occurrence, for it seems that Rosinate Serrao is the first grandmother to be a surrogate mother to twin grandchildren. Follow this now: These are her grandsons to whom she has given birth.
SAO PAULO — A 51-year-old surrogate mother for her daughter has given birth to her own twin grandchildren in northeastern Brazil, the delivery hospital said.
Rosinete Palmeira Serrao, a government health worker, gave birth to twin boys by Caesarean section on Thursday at the Santa Joana Hospital in the city of Recife, the hospital said in a statement on its Web site.
Hospital officials were not available for comment on Sunday, but press reports said the grandmother and twins were discharged on Saturday in excellent health. The Caesarean section was performed about two weeks ahead of time because Serrao was having trouble sleeping, the statement said.
Serrao decided to serve as a surrogate mother after four years of failed attempts at pregnancy by her 27-year-old daughter, Claudia Michelle de Brito.
Brazilian law stipulates that only close relatives can serve as surrogate mothers. De Brito is an only child and none of her cousins volunteered, so Serrao agreed to receive four embryos from her daughter.
This video would not embed properly here, but I want you to take a look at it, for it is quite informative–shows great pictures of the “mom” and Rosinete as she is wheeled into surgery. Here is the video.
After I saw these pictures and thought about this, I am thinking I might do this for my daughter, although, I have said before that I would not. It’s not a simple question is it? Would you?
Even though I had no difficulty conceiving any of my children, I understand to some degree how it would feel to desperately want my own baby, but not be able to accomplish that. I am a woman and understand maternal urges–as much as they can be understood. 🙂 I’ve given birth to babies and know the unexplainable fulfillment that accompanies such moments, and think often of the supreme joy that babies bring to a home.
My only daughter had trouble conceiving, and I recall her grief over infertility and her almost frantic obsession with becoming pregnant. Fortunately, she at last did conceive and bring to birth wonderful Nathaniel–lusty and healthy. The subject of my being a surrogate mom for Rebecca during those times was not discussed, and I don’t think I ever actually considered it doing it for Rebecca until I read this story. I’ve thought a little about it the last couple of days, and I believe, though, if she had not been able to conceive, and I were Rebecca’s most promising hope of having a baby, I would seriously consider taking on this task. (I’m not talking about now when I’m 69, but maybe 10-15 years ago. As I think more about the ramifications here, I believe Jerry would have a difficult time with such an action, and certainly I would never have thought of taking on such a challenging risk (in numerous areas) without his whole-hearted agreement.)
Would you? Are there ethical issues here? What about non-relatives being surrogate moms? I want to hear from you–all of you–but I think especially those who are now facing such a problem, and those who yourself had difficulty conceiving. How about you husbands? How would you feel about your wife being a surrogate mother?
What about adoption? Is that a better plan?
Edit: I’m struggling with the subject of the thought of being a surrogate mother, and I am not sure at all, even to help my daughter, I would indeed do this. Would I? Is it right? Fortunately, it’s a hypothetical for me…but for others who may read this…it is a serious issue. What is the answer? Is there a “cut-and-dried” conclusion.