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Utah mom to give birth to daughter's daughter

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks - to her first grandchild.

Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law after the couple struggled with fertility problems.

Navarro's daughter Lorena McKinnon said she began trying to have a baby with her husband, Micah McKinnon, three years ago.

The 32-year-old Provo woman said she's had about a dozen miscarriages, with the longest pregnancy lasting 10 weeks.

After several tries, the couple began looking for a surrogate. McKinnon said a friend and sister both considered carrying her baby, but ultimately decided against it.

That's when her mother offered to step in.

"As a family, we have to help each other," Navarro told The Salt Lake Tribune ( HTTP://BIT.LY/1A40CAE ).

Navarro had to undergo hormone shots for three months before an embryo fertilized by her daughter and son-in-law could be implanted. Because of her age, doctors had warned there was only a 45 percent chance the implantation would be successful.

But the procedure was a success, and Navarro said she's had a smooth pregnancy carrying a developing baby girl.

As with other surrogacy arrangements, the couple and Navarro needed three months of counseling.

"The psychologists wanted to make sure we knew what we were getting into - that we were mentally prepared," McKinnon said. "Mostly, surrogacy contracts are with people you don't know. It was weird to have a contract with my mom."

It's unclear how rare it is for a woman to carry her own grandchild, but recent news reports have detailed similar relationships.

Last year, a 53-year-old Iowa woman gave birth to her twin granddaughters. And in 2012, a 49-year-old woman in Maine gave birth to her grandson.

McKinnon said she was grateful and overwhelmed by her mother's offer, which eases some of the obstacles and financial burdens for parents using a gestational surrogate.

According to Utah law, surrogates must be 21 or older, financially stable and must have already given birth once.

Couples must be married and are allowed to offer a reasonable payment to a surrogate.

On average, a couple can spend about $60,000 on procedures and paying the surrogate, but McKinnon said her mother's offer to help is saving the couple about half of that.

Both she and her daughter said they've bonded over the experience.

The baby girl is due in early February.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, HTTP://WWW.SLTRIB.COM

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Denise January 09 2014 at 11:37 PM

That's the only way I'll ever get a granddaughter!

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Momlopez January 09 2014 at 9:20 PM

I think this is a wonderful thing. Helping you child become a parent. Only a loving parent would understand how special this is. Julia so glad to know you and see this beautiful thing you are doing!

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Business January 09 2014 at 8:30 PM

LOL... The people responding and saying the "The Grandmother is the actual mother to the baby".. should probably google "What is a gestational surrogate" BEFORE responding. lol.

You're welcome.

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judithhanson10 January 09 2014 at 8:17 PM

Sounds great to me. Good luck. I was never able conceive. Had one very painful miscarriage at age 30.

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secstimson January 09 2014 at 8:07 PM

I THINK THAT IS TERRIFIC. MORE MOTHERS SHOULD DO THAT FOR THEIR CHILDREN THAT CAN'T CARRY THEIR OWN CHILDREN. I WOULD DO THAT FOR MY GAY SON AND HIS PARTNER.

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enlil968 January 09 2014 at 7:47 PM

OMG.....wow......

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heavendovelady January 09 2014 at 7:34 PM

hope she be okay heathly for baby wow get older wow

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holen1300 January 09 2014 at 6:32 PM

wow

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holen1300 January 09 2014 at 6:32 PM

wow

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kngln1 January 09 2014 at 6:24 PM

How stupid are people these days?? You are not giving birth to your grandchild. You are giving away your child to your daughter and going to let this child believe that you are the grandmother and your daughter is the mother. No matter how the child was conceived!! DUH.....

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