When I saw the story about this woman who became a surrogate for her daughter (and gave physical birth to her own grandson) it amazed me. It also made me think about my own family.
One of my sisters had a truly (horrifyingly) traumatic birth with her first child. A lot of damage was done to her reproductive and urinary system by totally incompetent medical care. After there was finally healing (and reconstructive surgery) from that, there was lasting damage that would compromise future pregnancies, and there was question if becoming pregnant ever again was a viable option.
My mother was in her mid 50's at the time, and was not yet menopausal. There was talk of her being a surrogate for my sister and her husband.
The reasoning was because my sister's cervix was incompetent to hold a pregnancy, much of it had been lost in the damage done. She still had viable eggs and every other reproductive competency, but the risk of a mid-late miscarriage was high. My mother was still in every way capable of carrying a baby in her womb. If she were carrying my sister's embryo, the eggs would not be "old" so why should the pregnancy be considered any more high risk than any other IVF pregnancy?
They didn't end up going through with it (and my sister did carry another baby to 36 weeks with medical help) but the conversation was one I'm sure no one ever expected to have. It was a wonderful gift to have offered, and when I read the story of the family that actually followed-through and welcomed their baby in this way, it touched me in a special way.
What do you think of this kind of familial surrogacy? Could you ever do it? Do you think there might be any favoritism shown to a grandchild physically born from the grandmother?