A 56-year-old woman is expecting her own son's baby after agreeing to be a surrogate for him and her daughter-in-law.
Nancy Hauck, from St George, Utah, USA, is set to give birth to her granddaughter in early November and says that the pregnancy has been a "beautiful thing to do".
Nancy's son Jeff, 32, and his 30-year-old wife Cambria had been trying to conceive for six years before their first children Vera and Ayva – now both three – were born.
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Cambria was left unable to have more children after undergoing a life-saving hysterectomy following the traumatic birth of their second pair of twins Diseal and Luka, who are now 11 months old.
Both pregnancies were only made possible through IVF and, when the couple decided they wanted to extend their family further, Nancy had a "feeling" she should be the one who carried their baby.
She quickly shared her idea with her computer scientist son, but was still surprised, given her age, when doctors confirmed that she was healthy enough to be a gestational carrier.
Jeff's father and Nancy's husband Jason then helped administer the injections as the family started hormone treatment in January and the fertilised embryo was then transferred the following month to a clinic, where it was confirmed the procedure had been successful.
A delighted Nancy said: "I never imagined I would be pregnant at 56 or that this would be possible, but it is the most beautiful thing. The pregnancy has been very similar to carrying my son, but I've been a bit more nauseous.
"My husband and Jeff and Cambria have been amazing throughout the pregnancy. I feel very powerful carrying my son's daughter."
Cambria, a dance studio owner, added: "It has been so miraculous and beautiful to watch Nancy carry our sweet baby girl. She has been nothing short of amazing. They say pregnancy comes with a glow, but Nancy's is a full-on lighthouse."
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On his mother's gesture Jeff said: "I knew how complicated the process can be and doubted that it was possible for her to carry a baby for us – but I was very moved that she would even offer.
"The entire journey has left me in awe of my Mum – her kindness, love, strength, attitude, wisdom, and dedication through this experience has been humbling and beautiful to witness."
Nancy had previously had five healthy children with no complications but the family were aware they needed to act quickly before she went into menopause.
"It was a bit scary as it had been 24 years since I'd had a baby," Nancy admitted.
But Jason, Jeff and Cambria will all be there in the room to calm any nerves when Nancy gives birth to the latest addition to the family and they continue to spoil her.
"I try to make her favourite meals and we beg to give her foot rubs," Cambria revealed. "We cannot wait to meet our daughter."
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