A 49-year-old woman from Maine may have given her daughter the ultimate gift: her grandchild.
On Aug. 13, Linda Sirois of Maine gave birth to 7 pound, 14 ounce baby Madden Hebert as a surrogate mother.
Sirois offered for years to act as a surrogate mother for her daughter Angel Hebert, 25, who is unable to carry a child safely due to a heart condition. “I guess we didn't really take her seriously,” Hebert said, according to Mail Online. "I called her last summer and I'm like, ‘Is that offer still on the table?'"
Pressherald.com reported that Sirois called local fertility clinics and was turned down by most due to her age. The Reproductive Science Center in Lexington, Massachusetts agreed to accept Sirois if she could pass some tests.
Sirois became pregnant during In Vitro Fertilization treatment, and gave birth through caesarian section.
"It's such a great and selfless gift she has given us,” said Angel Hebert, according to UPI.com. “She brought her grandson into the world and we now have our beautiful baby boy."
Sirois responded, "I couldn't see them going through life without a child, while I am capable of helping them. I had heard of a 60-year-old grandmother serving as a surrogate for her grandchild, so I knew it was possible."
Linda Sirois has had four of her own children, including twins.
"I just saw it as I was babysitting for a few months," she said, according to the New York Daily News. "It was their child all along. I was just a room for rent."
She said she received support and encouragement from most of her community, including strangers.