A new mother-daughter story is going viral. Julie Loving, 51, stepped up to the plate after her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, discovered she was unable to have a successful pregnancy. Loving is now serving as her own daughter’s gestational surrogate.
Lockwood’s journey to get pregnant dates back to 2016, shortly after she and her husband Aaron married. Following a year of trying to conceive naturally, they turned to a fertility specialist. Since then, Lockwood has gone through multiple rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF), surgeries, and heartbreaking miscarriages.
“Struggling with infertility was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through,” Lockwood said to GMA. “When you have a plan for your life and then something like infertility gets in the way, I felt like I couldn’t see what I pictured anymore, that it could be taken away from me.”
Mother Becomes Surrogate
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Friday we went to check up on our little baby. Sadly my husband can’t attend many appointments because of the new rules with the virus, but we always try to take pictures and video of everything. We got this awesome picture of our little one in 4D! AND we know the gender!!! Do you think this babe is a sweet little boy or girl!?
Lockwood’s confirmed infertility led to her doctor suggesting surrogacy. Her doctor told the couple that choosing a friend or family member over an agency could save them more than $100,000. Lockwood’s mother, seeing her daughter’s heartbreaking struggles, offered to do it.
Despite Lockwood calling her mother “crazy,” Loving thought she would be a fit for a surrogate — she had two easy pregnancies, ran 19 marathons and triathlons, and considered herself healthy. With hesitancy, Lockwood brought her mother to five specialists, who all gave the pair the go-ahead.
In February, an embryo transfer was performed. By March, Loving was confirmed pregnant with her soon-to-be granddaughter. Through the coronavirus pandemic, the mother-daughter duo has navigated countless doctors’ appointments together.
Nearing their due date of November 12, the family eagerly awaits the arrival of their new baby girl.
“I feel like my mom is the closest place to home she can be, rather than my own body,” Lockwood, 29, told Good Morning America.