In the city of Florianopolis, in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, a 53-year-old grandmother, a teacher by profession, gave birth to her own granddaughter.
The decision to carry her daughter Ingrid’s baby was made after physicians informed the 29-year-old that pregnancy would be too risky due to health issues. Ingrid had a pulmonary embolism and a deep vein thrombosis in 2014, and physicians were concerned that a pregnancy could kill her owing to the risk of blood clots. IVF was used to conceive the child, with Rosicleia serving as the surrogate. Rosicleia expressed herself as follows: “Gratitude, I suppose, is the closest word to describe it. She’ll be spoiled in the same way her mother was, with the exception that she came from the same womb as her mother. “
Maria Clara was born at a private maternity facility on August 19, at 37 weeks, measuring 19 inches and weighing 7.30 pounds. Ingrid and her husband, Fabiano Chaves, were present at the birth.
By crowdfunding and selling face masks and dishcloths, the family was able to collect approximately £5,000 for IVF and surrogacy. Ingrid explained: “My mother made a gesture of greatness, as if she were a noblewoman. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express how important she is to me in words, no matter how hard I try. “ But that prospect had been considered by Ingrid’s mother and daughter long before she received her diagnosis. Ingrid asked Rosicleia if she would ever do it for her after seeing a documentary on TV about a mother giving birth to her daughter-in-kid, to which she replied, “Of course!” So when Ingrid’s family was warned that getting pregnant was too dangerous, they knew exactly what they’d do. According to a research published by JBRA Assisted Reproduction in 2020, there has been a considerable increase in in vitro and other “assisted reproductive technologies” in Brazil.
The first such birth occurred in the United Kingdom in 1978. In vitro fertilization, in which mature eggs are fertilized by sperm in a laboratory and the embryo is then transferred into a woman’s uterus, was used to get the older surrogate mother pregnant for the unversed.