Woman aged 51 gives birth to her own grandson
A 51-year-old woman in North Dakota has given
birth to her own grandchild – and may have
actually experienced a health boost as a result.
Sherri Dickson said she experienced “the
definition of sadness” when her daughter
Mandy Stephens lost a baby who was born
prematurely in 2013.
So when Mandy and husband Jamie decided to
explore the option of using IVF treatment, Ms
Dickson stepped forward to volunteer as
Ms Dickson, a mother of three who had Mandy
when she was 19 and what she thought would
be her last child at 33, had the additional
complication of a diagnosis with multiple
boost to the immune system which comes with
pregnancy might actually help her fight the
disease, which was in remission.
Two attempts were made at IVF, and in
November last year Ms Dickson was pregnant
with her daughter and son-in-law’s baby boy.
Ms Dickson said she was able to stay active right
up to a week before delivery and pregnancy was
“easy” – up to a point. “The delivery at 51 was
way harder than the delivery at 33, that was the
hard part” she said.
The healthy baby was born four weeks ago, and
Mandy told ABC News it was difficult to thank
her mother for “giving her the ultimate gift, the
gift of life”.
me] because I have a grandchild – that’s the
ultimate thank you.”