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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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romy1108 January 09 2014 at 1:07 PM

I hope and pray for the safe delivery of the baby. And I hope & pray too that the baby is healthy. Best of luck.

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newmcybersmith romy1108 January 09 2014 at 1:43 PM

The most important thing in the life of a pregnant is DIET - what a mother ingests goes into the baby

Eating and drinking BAD stuff will wreck the kid before it is even born

Proof

Just review HUFF & AOL articles on all the terrible things happening to born babies and infants and toddlers that can be traced BACK to mother's eating and drinking habits

Google it and do your research, don't take my word for it

Most moms don't even understand this

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slackwarerobert newmcybersmith January 09 2014 at 2:47 PM

How about the latest one. Nurse fired because she WOULDN'T give her baby a flu shot.

So where did you find someone who thinks the baby goes out to mcD's to eat while she sleep at night?

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jakiebelle January 09 2014 at 1:50 AM

I think what this woman is doing for her daughter and son in law is a beautiful and unselfish gesture. She is avoiding them from going through all the stress and fustration of not having a child of their own. I could see myself doing the same thing for my own daughters if they were in the same situation. Congratulations and God bless the whole family.

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Ms. Becky January 09 2014 at 6:21 PM

Wish my daughter in law would have asked me. They tried for so long but could never conceive. I too would have done it in an heartbeat!

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lucitee Ms. Becky January 09 2014 at 7:14 PM

You are a very compassionate person! If my precious only daughter could not be a mother I would gladly lend my womb to her and my son-in-law! After ALL, she was in there FIRST!

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floatgirl1 January 09 2014 at 1:26 AM

God bless you for doing a wonderful thing by bringing this beautiful baby into this world for your daughter and husband. May she bring you all love and infinite joy.

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subfrut4pot floatgirl1 January 09 2014 at 3:12 AM

couldn't have said it better myself.

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Onewarnin January 09 2014 at 1:26 AM

1st Happy New Year & God Bless You All. Congradulations

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ms. wonderful January 09 2014 at 12:53 AM

Great story!

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stevechambers2 ms. wonderful January 09 2014 at 1:24 AM

I know many will not understand and can't Understand but why are people having kids at this time?It's selfish to bring innocent children into this world today.There is no future for them except for poverty and despair.A life long struggle.We haven't seen the half of it yet.These children will see empty store shelves,empty gas pumps and The Government is going to eat them alive in tax's.Don't forget potential homelessness withing 2 to 3 weeks of loosing a job.I had children back when we where in good times plenty of good paying job's,Benefits no OBAMA crap,Saving plans and making your house,cars and boat payments where easy.We could even go out and eat and ride around sight seeing because gas and Milk wasn't the same price.We live on a Prison Planet don't bring more unless things get better for the child's sake.But no matter what there will always be breeders out there with low IQ levels producing low IQ children.No wonder 50% of Americans IQ's are 85 and people that watch Opera and other talk shows IQ's are 80.College students are 115.The rest of us 17% are over 150 we normally produce 0 to 1 child.People with IQ's of 85% or 80% produce 3 to 5 kids.It would be great if people with IQ's of 115 and up where the only ones allowed to reproduce.

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Storm January 09 2014 at 12:17 AM

No difference then one giving her kids a kidney or part of a liver or blood for a transfusion, AND to the moron who wanted to know nhow the husbands sperm got on the egg? moron pr just a filthy mind? it was fertilized before they put it in grandma,,,jesus what a sick pack of yahoos in here,

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Kate Storm January 09 2014 at 2:01 AM

Thanks. I was getting pretty het up myself about that.

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Ken January 08 2014 at 11:57 PM

HOLY CRAP!! now this is a story! this is truly a "labor of love"... worlds greatest mom Julia Navarro

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Mostberg January 08 2014 at 11:44 PM

Does seem strange or odd on the face of it, but also clearly an act of love.

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LA is Best January 09 2014 at 6:01 AM

This brings new meaning to the term, Grand-Mother!

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