Woman who gave birth to granddaughter reveals she’s ‘sad about being separated’ from son’s baby 

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A woman who acted as her son’s surrogate has revealed how she’s ‘sad about being separated’ from her granddaughter after handing her over to her biological parents.

Nancy Hauck, 56, from St. George, Utah, decided to be a surrogate for her son, Jeff Hauck, 32, and his wife, Cambria, 30, after her daughter-in-law had a hysterectomy,  meaning she was unable to carry more children.

She gave birth to baby Hannah last week. 

Speaking to People magazine, Nancy described her nine-hour labour as a ‘spiritual experience’ which she is grateful they got to experience as a family.

The grandmother had both Jeff and Hannah present in the delivery suite along with her husband Jason, 59.

Even though she’s grateful to have welcomed Hannah into the world, Nancy said surrogacy hasn’t been without its challenges.

Woman who gave birth to granddaughter reveals she’s ‘sad about being separated’ from son’s baby 

Nancy Hauck, 56, gave birth to her granddaughter Hannah last week. Pictured at an appointment before the labour

The devoted grandmother stepped in to help her son Jeff, 32, and his wife Cambria, 30, after her daughter-in-law had an emergency hysterectomy following the delivery of her second set of twins in 2021. Jeff, Cambria, Nancy and Jason pictured on a beach for a family photoshoot

The devoted grandmother stepped in to help her son Jeff, 32, and his wife Cambria, 30, after her daughter-in-law had an emergency hysterectomy following the delivery of her second set of twins in 2021. Jeff, Cambria, Nancy and Jason pictured on a beach for a family photoshoot

Sharing snippets from the delivery suite, Cambria included a video of her new daughter snuggling up with her husband as her mother-in-law looked on. Pictured: moments after Hannah was born

Sharing snippets from the delivery suite, Cambria included a video of her new daughter snuggling up with her husband as her mother-in-law looked on. Pictured: moments after Hannah was born

Describing the realisation that the baby she’d carried wasn’t going home with her, Nancy said: ‘It is a mix of deep gratitude and some sadness from the separation.’

Following the birth, Nancy is taking three weeks off from her job as an administrator and plans to write a book about her experience.

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She added: ‘Even though I know that the baby’s going to my son, I know there’ll be a little bit of that empty feeling.’ 

Jeff – who works as a web developer – described watching his mother deliver his daughter a ‘beautiful moment’.

A scan of the embryo, which was transplanted into Nancy after Cambria had an hysterectomy, leaving her unable to carry more children

A scan of the embryo, which was transplanted into Nancy after Cambria had an hysterectomy, leaving her unable to carry more children

Pictured Jess, Cambria, Nancy and Jason with a scan photo. They welcomed baby Hannah into the world last week

Pictured Jess, Cambria, Nancy and Jason with a scan photo. They welcomed baby Hannah into the world last week

Meanwhile Cambria, 30, has praised her mother-in-law, saying she tries to support her through her scared and happy moments

Meanwhile Cambria, 30, has praised her mother-in-law, saying she tries to support her through her scared and happy moments

Sharing the news on Instagram, Cambria told her 50,000 followers: ‘She is here and my heart could explode. She is perfect in every way. 

Inside the surrogacy journey: What is it and how does it work?  

Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves. 

Such couples may include those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, repeated IVF failures, premature menopause or a hysterectomy. 

The risks of being a surrogate mother are the same as for every pregnancy, and include nausea, heart burn and back ache.

In extreme cases, surrogates can suffer high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.  

Straight surrogacy

This involves using the surrogate’s egg and the intended father’s sperm.

It is the least expensive and simplest form of the procedure.

Host surrogacy

Host surrogacy requires IVF with either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs rather than those of the surrogate.

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In this case, the surrogate is genetically unrelated to the baby. 

Donor eggs can be from friends or relatives, or anonymously donated. 

 

‘Nancy is AMAZING in every way and example of what it means to embody her divine role as a woman. 

‘I’ll let her share the birth story and I will add my perspective later, but it was UNFORGETTABLE and I am forever changed.’ 

Sharing snippets from the delivery suite, Cambria included a video of her new daughter snuggling up with her husband as her mother-in-law looked on. 

The parents decided to call their new daughter Hannah after Nancy took a shining to the name shortly after she got her first pregnancy test.

Jeff said his mother woke up in the middle of the night and heard a voice that said ‘Hi, I’m Hannah’. 

After finding out the name also means ‘grace’ or ‘favour’, Cambria was set on using it for her daughter.

Cambria and Jeff went through IVF treatment for six years before having twins, Vera and Ayva, now three. 

They then had another set of twins, Diseal and Luka, now 13 months – but the birth was traumatic and led to Cambria needing a hysterectomy, leaving her unable to carry any more children.

As a result of their previous fertility struggles, the couple still had some frozen embryos in storage, which they had been hoping to implant.

Jeff told the publication that him and Cambria had always dreamed of having at least four children – but ideally more. 

Knowing her son loved being a dad, Nancy tentatively offered to be the couple’s surrogate – not thinking it would be possible due to her age. 

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However, the fertility specialists said she was perfectly capable of acting as a surrogate. 

Nancy started her hormone treatment in January 2022, injecting herself every day for 12 weeks with the help of her husband and Jeff’s dad, Jason.

The fertilized embryo was then transferred into Nancy’s uterus in a month later.

And they were all ‘over the moon’ when it worked.

‘It was a bit scary as it had been 26 years since I’d had a baby,’ Nancy said earlier this year. ‘I had a feeling just before the blood test that it had worked, and I did a test and it was positive.

Nancy offered to be a surrogate for her son, Jeff and Cambria after her daughter-in-law had a hysterectomy following the traumatic birth of their twins.

Nancy offered to be a surrogate for her son, Jeff and Cambria after her daughter-in-law had a hysterectomy following the traumatic birth of their twins.

Nancy said that the pregnancy has been similar to her other ones, except she has had a bit more sickness.

And she said that while her other children were initially scared for her, they have now come around to the idea.

She added: ‘This has all been a big leap of faith. It’s remarkable and a beautiful thing to do. I think this is quite a rare thing to do.

‘I never planned for it, but I am so glad I chose to carry my son’s baby.’

Jason, Nancy, Cambria and Jeff pictured in the delivery suite ahead of Nancy's birth. The grandmother later described it as a 'spiritual experience'

Jason, Nancy, Cambria and Jeff pictured in the delivery suite ahead of Nancy’s birth. The grandmother later described it as a ‘spiritual experience’

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