Often grandparents share the burden of child-rearing, but one family has taken that a big step further.
A very generous 49-year-old mum wants to help her 31-year-old daughter have a baby, and has agreed to be a surrogate for her grandchild-to-be.
Sherrie Zammit gave daughter Chloe the gift of life – now, history is about to repeat itself for the next generation.
“My days, I thought, were done and dusted with pregnancies, and never did I expect to be carrying my grandchild, but I’m really excited,” Sherrie said.
Chloe underwent a hysterectomy a decade ago after a cancer diagnosis following the birth of her son Isaac.
Unable to carry another baby but desperate to have a child with fiancé Dimitri, Chloe has turned to the woman closest to her.
“It was amazing – I think our bond of mother and daughter got really close,” Chloe said of the moment her mum agreed.
“We’re using Chloe’s eggs, my sperm – and my mother in law is just the oven,” fiancé Dimitri Pixomatis said.
The family has factored in all medical costs involved, including IVF, but they’ve since hit a road block.
Unforeseen fees for legal work and transferring names on the birth certificate have put the next stage of the process out of reach.
“We know that from a combination of medical, legal and scientific processes that surrogacy is expensive,” Genea IVF medical director Mark Bowman said.
Non-commercial surrogacy in Australia can cost up to $100,000. For more on Chloe’s story and how to help, click here.