Talk about a Great Gesture.
Chalise Smith, 50, a mother of eight, is pregnant again – but this time with her child’s baby.
The Utah entertainment builder is preparing to give birth to her own grandchild in May as a favor to her second daughter, Kaitlyn Munoz, 24. Munoz suffers from endometriosis and an autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, which has rendered her unable to conceive safely.
“I had two embryos implanted in September and that has resulted in the fact that I am now pregnant with my granddaughter,” Smith told Mercury Press & Media. “I’m super excited to see my granddaughter for the first time.”
She offered to undergo IVF and serve as a surrogate for her daughter, who lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband Miguel, 30, and their two-year-old son Callahan, after doctors told Munoz it wasn’t possible should be in order to safely give birth to another child.
“In 2019, I was already struggling with infertility due to my endometriosis and tried for three years to have children without success,” Munoz said.
At the time, she underwent IVF treatment and became pregnant with Callahan.
Her pregnancy was going “really well” until she hit the 30-week mark and was diagnosed with Sjogren’s – a condition that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack healthy cells in the body. The disorder can cause blood to clot in pregnant women and ultimately lead to miscarriage. per research.
Munoz, who was also plagued by pleurisy in her lungs during pregnancy, was “incredibly lucky” to have carried Callahan. But she was devastated to learn that her childhood dream of having a sizable offspring of her own would not come easily.
“I was devastated,” the stay-at-home mom said of her diagnosis. “It has always been my dream to have a big family, it has been my dream to be a mother with many children since I was a young girl.”
Equally distraught over her daughter’s dilemma, Smith began secretly considering becoming her surrogate mother.
“I thought long and hard about how she could not have any more children,” Smith said. “I kept my thoughts to myself while making sure I wasn’t making an emotional decision to be a surrogate and knew it was the right thing to do.”
Then one day, almost by accident, she delighted her daughter with the gift of her womb.
“A few months after she told me [that she couldn’t have anymore children], I called her and offered to be her surrogate,” Smith said of the fateful conversation between her and Munoz. “She was shocked at the idea as she sat in her car waiting for her son to wake up and wondered how she could have more children.”
“My call was like a fateful moment for both of us and the beginning of our journey,” she added.
And once Smith was sure her husband Kyle, Munoz’s father, and Miguel were on board with the unconventional ordeal, she began the IVF process — which was no picnic for a woman in her 50s.
“As I got older, I had to go through a lot of health checks before I was given the all-clear to become a surrogate,” she said of the process. But thankfully, doctors gave her and Munoz the green light to have a baby.
“I was so shocked when my mother offered to be my surrogate,” Munoz said. “She’s always been so supportive of what I want to do in life and my dreams of having a big family.”
And she was immediately confident that her mother would be cleared to carry her baby.
“I know that all of her pregnancies have gone perfectly and that she is very healthy,” the millennial said. “So I never doubted there would be any problems if she was my surrogate.”
Smith will give birth to Munoz’s baby girl, a girl, next month.
“I think the highlight of the whole surrogacy experience will be seeing my daughter’s face light up as she welcomes her own daughter into the world by my side,” said the mother-to-be and grandmother-to-be.
“In my heart and soul all I see is this image of having a beautiful girl for my daughter and her husband,” Smith added. “They have longed so much to see the joy and love on their faces upon arrival will fill my heart.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/01/im-50-a-mom-of-8-and-pregnant-again-with-my-daughters-baby/ I’m 50, a mom of 8 – and pregnant again with my daughter’s baby