A 55 year old woman has given birth to her own grandchild after her daughter was born without a womb. At just 15 years old, Tracey Smith from Lampeter found out that she was missing her reproductive organs following a scan after having not started her period. The scans showed she had been born without a womb but she did have working ovaries and fallopian tubes.
This brought her to a heartbreaking realization that she may never give birth to a child of her own. Tracey’s mom, Emma Miles, had always said she would do whatever she could to help her have a baby and 2 months ago she proved she really meant it when she gave birth to her granddaughter, Evie.
Before being declared fit and ready to safely carry the pregnancy, Emma had to shed six stone and take hormone tablets in order to prepare her body for the pregnancy.
When the time came, one of Tracey’s eggs was fertilised using IVF and placed in Emma’s womb. Against the odds, the treatment was successful at the first time of asking.
Tracey revealed that she started considering taking up her mom’s offer of being her surrogate after getting engaged to her husband Adam.
She said, “When I was diagnosed it tipped my world upside down. I was heartbroken at the idea that I wouldn’t carry my own child. I’d always known that I wanted to be a mum, even at 15.
Straight after my diagnosis, Mum made an offer to do what she could to help. I knew that she meant one day she’d carry my child for me. Over the years she mentioned it in passing but we never really made a firm plan.”
“It was only after I met Adam and we got engaged in 2016 that he broached the subject of children. I remembered Mum’s promise to me. So the next time we met up I asked her if she’d been serious about carrying our baby. I was delighted when she replied, ‘Of course I was.’ She had just been waiting for me to ask.” She added.
Initially, Tracey and Adam had considered using a surrogacy agency, but were apprehensive about the risk involved as laws in the UK dictate that surrogate mothers and their spouses, if there are any, are given parental rights from birth, so they deemed it safer to keep the baby in the family.
Tracey and Adam are currently going through the legal process of adopting their child, Evie, and Emma said she was absolutely willing to do it all again if they’d like little Evie to have a sibling.
“Despite my age I wasn’t worried about giving birth at all. All of my focus has been about doing this special thing for my daughter. Tracey is my baby and I did it all for her to be a mother. Now I’m glad to be back to work and getting back to normal. But I have offered to do it all again if they ever want a little brother or sister for Evie.” Emma said.