Bismarck Woman Gives Birth to Her Granddaughter
They say a mother will do anything for her child. That proved to be true when 51-year-old Sherri Dickson volunteered to be a surrogate for her 32-year-old daughter.
A Bismarck woman has given her daughter the ultimate, most rewarding gift. Dickson was able to help her daughter, Mandy Stephens, become a mother. The women appeared on Good Morning America to share their story.
Stephens struggled with fertility issues and suffered a miscarriage at 24 weeks. Dickson recalls her daughter losing her baby boy.
Watching your child lose a child is the definition of sadness. I can't describe it any other way. It breaks your heart.
While dealing with the loss of her child, Stephens learned that her preterm labor was caused by cervical incompetence. Doctors explained that future pregnancies would be high-risk and dangerous. Stephens and her husband turned to other options and began researching adoption and surrogacy.
Stephens sister volunteered to be a surrogate, but after meeting with doctors, her mother was decided to be the best choice. Dickson had not gone through menopause and was better prepared to avoid psychological attachment issues.
Not only was Dickson able to bring a beautiful baby into the world for her daughter and son-in-law, she was able to help herself. Dickson suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the pregnancy actually helped put her MS in remission.
On July 31, Dickson gave birth to baby Myla. The whole family is smitten by the baby girl and Stephens has no problem admitting it.
This is Myla's world and we are just living in it.
Stephens continues to stay positive about the possibility of becoming pregnant in the future. She had a procedure done that has a high success rate of 98 percent for full-term pregnancies in women with an incompetent cervix.