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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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RMuscarell January 08 2014 at 8:40 PM

how wonderful

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Mr. & Mrs. Lewis January 08 2014 at 9:49 PM

Real Love never fails! Congrats to the mom and daughter for supporting each other through trying times. I pray that this family has many Blessings.

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shevon January 08 2014 at 9:37 PM

Wonderful! Nothing like a mother's love, though I am not sure I would do it.

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jankn614 January 08 2014 at 9:34 PM

Wishing them all the blessing of a healthy baby girl and happy life !

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suncruzma January 08 2014 at 9:25 PM

wonderful story good luck to all of you nice to see families that close

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phpoling January 08 2014 at 10:32 PM

Image what a interesting story to tell that she will have for years to come!

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ALBERT SALAKO January 08 2014 at 8:45 PM

I sincerely hope that people will learn from this mom's good example shown and those who will go superstitious or extreme of religious beliefs will know better now.

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lbrewer14lorraine January 08 2014 at 8:43 PM

Your mom has given you the gift of life… twice.

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summerrain3339 January 08 2014 at 8:41 PM

Why not. I am all for it if the mother can do it. I would have done the same.

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BOWJAYS January 08 2014 at 10:03 PM

what a beautiful gift of life!

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