When 25-year-old Angel Hebert learned last summer that she had a heart condition that would make it unsafe for her to get pregnant, she and her husband Brian Hebert, 29, were disappointed and very upset. But as the Portland Press Herald reports, an alternative wasn't far away.
Angel's mother, 49-year-ild Linda Sirois, had been telling her daughter for years that she would happily become a surrogate if Angel couldn't become pregnant. Sirois is already a mother of four, including twins.
Several fertility clinics rejected Sirois because of her age, but the Reproductive Science Center in Lexington, MA agreed after Sirois passed several tests.
Sirois became pregnant the first time Ashley's egg, fertilized with Brian's sperm, was implanted, and proceeded to have what she said might have been her easiest pregnancy, with no morning sickness or complications.
"I just saw it as I was babysitting for a few months," Sirois said. "It was their child all along. It was just a room for rent."