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Woman Becomes Oldest Surrogate In Country's History

Hannah Van-de-Peer

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Woman Becomes Oldest Surrogate In Country's History

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A heavily pregnant woman living in Australia looks set to become the country's oldest surrogate.

Maree Arnold, 54, is preparing to give birth to her own grandchild. The loving gesture was made for her daughter, who was born without a uterus.

Maree is currently at 30 weeks, and found out that she was able to carry her daughter's child after doing the research for herself.

Meagan and her husband, Clayde are expecting their first child via surrogate. [Credit: Caters]
Meagan and her husband, Clayde are expecting their first child via surrogate. [Credit: Caters]

The soon-to-be grandma stepped into the role after her daughter's previous surrogate miscarried. Meagan White's baby passed away at 21 weeks, while being carried by a Canadian woman.

At the age of just 17, Meagan, now 28, was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokintansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKHS) - a rare disorder in which a person is born without a uterus, and so unable to carry a baby for themselves.

Meagan, who has a background in nursing, was worried she'd never be able to realise her dream of becoming a mother... until her own mum offered to carry her baby instead.

The 28-year-old was worried she'd never realise her dream of becoming a mum. [Credit: Caters]
The 28-year-old was worried she'd never realise her dream of becoming a mum. [Credit: Caters]

Meagan and her husband, Clayde, will be expecting their first child in a matter of weeks.

Maree and Meagan's story isn't the only heartwarming tale to feature an older surrogate mum. In 2019, Cecile Eledge, a 61-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, became a surrogate mum to her son and his boyfriend.

The UK's oldest surrogate mum, Pamela Butler, also gave birth to her own granddaughter at the age of 57.

The family will be expecting their baby's arrival in a matter of weeks. [Credit: Caters]
The family will be expecting their baby's arrival in a matter of weeks. [Credit: Caters]

The oldest known surrogate in the world is 67-year-old Anastassia Ontou, based in Greece.

Anastassia gave birth to her daughter's baby back in 2016 via C-section.

Her 47-year-old daughter had undergone seven failed pregnancy attempts before her mum offered to carry the baby to term instead.

Maree volunteered herself after a previous surrogate sadly miscarried. [Credit: Caters]
Maree volunteered herself after a previous surrogate sadly miscarried. [Credit: Caters]

In other baby-related news, winners of Australia's Birth Photography Of The Year (BPOTY) competition were announced earlier this month, and the prize entries are stunning!

Topics: Parenting, Life, Real Life

Hannah Van-de-Peer
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