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Surrogate Mother to Her Own Grandsons

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.

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

9 replies on “Surrogate Mother to Her Own Grandsons”

Hi, I’m considering being a surrogate mother for my Pastor’s wife. They have been trying for many years to concieve and have had at least 2 miscarriages that I know of. They know and undrstand it’s God will,weather he gives them a child or not. My pastors wife mentioned surrogacy or adoption once. A cousin had agreed to be a surrogate mother but later backed down. With her recent miscarriage, I really started thinking about being a surrogate mother to them. But I’m so confused. I’ve been praying about it and am letting God guide my path. I have 3 children of my own. My youngest one was born with Down Syndrome. I don’t have history of Down Syndrome in my family and I wonder if there would be a chance of another baby having Downs, if I would be a surrogate mom. I know Down Syndrome is genetic and that it would be her egg and his sperm, but it would be my blood supply. I really don’t know much about the whole genetics of the situation.If any one can help me answer my question I would really appreciate it. Thank You

I suspect this may not be a serious question, but I will treat it as though it is. If you’re wanting advise from a stranger, I’ll give you mine. I don’t at all think you should do this.

1. You now have a history of Down’s Syndrome in your family.

2. It would be unseemly for you to carry your pastor’s child.


I served as a surrogate mother for my husband’s sister. She was not able to get pregnant because she has MRKH. Which means that she was born without a uterus. I was the only one who volunteered, so I did it.


Good evening, Nancy.

Welcome to my site.

I do wish you well with this striking decision you must make. Please let me know if you decide to go ahead and be a surrogate for your daughter. I would be interested to follow your story.

God give you and your family wisdom as you decide.


I find this all very interesting. My daughter has suffered her 2nd miscarriage and it breaks my heart to see her suffer. She and her husband want children so badly and would make perfect parents. Due to this, I went searching for information regarding beding a surrogate mom. I am considering it – want to wait and see what the test show and discuss it with my husband. It just seems strange to carry your grandchild.


BECKY, you have a sweet heart, and what a gift for a mom to give her daughter.

ESTHER, God has blessed us both supremely giving us each a dozen grandchildren–some we share. 🙂

KAREN, I don’t believe anyone with medical problems would be cleared to be a surrogate mother. There would be too much risk for you, I believe.


Wow! I saw t his article on the Internet today but did not have a chance to read it. So many questions spring up in my mind, but not enough time or space to post them now. I don’t know if I could become a surrogate Mom. Not that I wouldn’t want to, but I had a difficult pregnancy with Jeremy. I developed a thyroid and heart condition and had to go on medication. There’s always that risk though with any pregnancy that complications can surface. I wonder how God feels about it? It seems to be one of those gray areas in life.


Sis. Buxton. Back when my girls were having their children, the surrogate mother was not ever discussed or even read about. I don’t think I could have done it myself. The next step would have been adoption. Fact is: after Jennifer’s 4 boys and she wanted a girl sooo bad, her and Mike started proceedings to adopt a Russian girl. Then she got pregnant again and, thank God, she had her girl. I really don’t think a surrogate mother would have even been brought up. But, who can really tell? All 3 of my girls were very fortunate, giving me 12 grandchildren. Love ya’


I think I would do it, Shirley, provided my husband approved. I would think it would be a labor of love–to carry the baby or babies and then GIVE them to your daughter to raise and love.


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