Woman, 54, pregnant with own grandson after stepping in as surrogate for daughter

Meagan White was diagnosed with a rare condition, meaning she was not born with a uterus and had no hope of having a child, so her 54-year-old mother Maree stepped in to help make her dreams come true

Meagan with her mother Maree, who is carrying a boy after their daughter is born without a uterus (

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A 54-year-old mother is pregnant with her own grandson after standing in to replace her uterine daughter.

Maree Arnold wanted to do everything possible to make her daughter’s dream of becoming a mother come true after she was born with a rare disease.

Her daughter Meagan White was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), which means she was born without a uterus and had no hope of having a baby, at the age of 17.

The now 28-year-old, who has a background in nursing, feared her dream of becoming a mother would never come true after a Canadian surrogate mother miscarried at 21 weeks of age.

Meagan with her husband Clayde, 28, can’t wait to welcome their son in January
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But after doing research, Maree discovered that she could be a surrogate mother for her daughter – and is now 30 weeks pregnant with her own grandchild.

Meagan of Lilydale, Tasmania, Australia said, “As a teenager, I waited to start my menstrual cycle and it never happened.

“Mom and I went to a doctor and found that I had MRKH, which means that I was born without a uterus and therefore would never have a period.

“It also meant I could never have a child, but I had functioning ovaries so I could have a biological child with the help of a surrogate mother.

“Since I was still a teenager at the time, I obviously didn’t think about it much.

“But after I met my current husband Clayde (28) in 2015, I knew that I wanted to start a family and become a mother.

Meagan and Maree pictured when Meagan was a baby
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“Fortunately, he always gave me such support and said that one day we would become parents, no matter what it took for it to happen.

“We looked into surrogacy and found a volunteer overseas in Canada in January 2019 through an agency called Allison.

“We got to know her virtually for nine months before we flew there in September 2019 to meet her in person.

“Shortly after we returned to Australia, we made the first transfer that failed, but the second was successful and Allison became pregnant in December 2019.

“But in March 2020, doctors told us our little girl had not developed kidneys and was not viable.

The couple is looking forward to welcoming the new family member in January
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“Everyone was heartbroken and after that I just wanted to give up. When the pandemic started, travel abroad was banned, making everything feel impossible.

Maree said she was heartbroken to see her daughter suffer, but never imagined volunteering as a surrogate mother believing she would be considered “too old” to have a child .

But after extensive research, legal advice, medical screenings, and psychological reports, the doctors thought this was possible.

Since Maree was past menopause, she was given medication to reverse the process and thicken her uterine lining in order to prepare for pregnancy.

The whole family pictured together
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Mother of five, Maree, who runs her own farm, said: “I always thought I was too old for this, but it just shows that you always have to ask questions.

“I think 45 is the usual cut, but since I’m their mother, the doctors are more lenient.

“I was very happy when we were through the first 20 weeks, after that I was really confident.

“It is a special experience for me and I am overjoyed to be able to help my daughter.

“I think there are many different ways people get pregnant these days and this is just one more option.

“We want to raise awareness that people know that this is possible. We can all hardly wait to get to know our grandson. “

After three failed embryo transfers, Meagan and Maree said they were both feeling a little down and thought the process might not work.

But luckily the fourth transfer was a success and Maree is now nearly 30 weeks pregnant with her grandson, who is expected in January 2022.

And even though it’s been 22 years since she was pregnant, Maree says she feels great and accepts the trip.

She said, “I know that with this pregnancy I am obviously older and a little more tired than when I was last pregnant 22 years ago.

“But I’m still out and about, mowing the lawn and doing it around the house. I feel great.

“Everyone in our family is so excited and I can’t wait to meet our grandson.”

Maree could possibly be Australia’s oldest surrogate mother to date, with Antonietta Di Maggio from Sydney making headlines back in 2015 when she gave birth to her grandson to daughter Claudia Luca at the age of 53.

Meagan’s baby boy is slated to be born by caesarean section in January 2022.

She added, “It’s so fun, for the first 20 weeks I was worried about the baby, but now I’m worried about my mom.

“Mom and I are so close, we talk every day. I can’t put into words how grateful I am to my mom. It’s so special.

“There’s no one else I’d rather go through this with.”

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