This 51-Year-Old Carried Her Daughter’s Baby — And It Helped Put Her MS In Remission

After struggling with fertility issues and losing a baby at 24 weeks, Mandy Stephens became a parent this summer with the help of a very special surrogate — her own mother.

Fifty-one-year-old Sherri Dickson volunteered to be her 32-year-old daughter’s surrogate after Stephens’ first pregnancy ended in early labor and loss of her baby boy, whom she named Theo. “Watching your child lose a child is the definition of sadness,” Dickson said during an appearance on “Good Morning America,” adding. “I can’t describe it any other way. It breaks your heart.”

Because Stephens’ preterm labor was linked to cervical incompetence, doctors in her native North Dakota cautioned that future pregnancies would be similarly high-risk, the new mom explained on the show. She and her husband Jamie started meeting with adoption agencies and researching surrogacy to explore other options.

Both Stephens’ mom and younger sister volunteered to be surrogates, and after meeting with doctors, the couple determined that letting Dickson carry the baby was the best choice. The mom had already experienced three pregnancies, had not yet gone through menopause and was better equipped to avoid psychological attachment issues, she told Be Magazine.

Dickson was more than happy to help bring her grandchild into the world, especially since her past pregnancies were “so easy.” She told KYFR-TV, “I like being pregnant. I don’t mind being pregnant. If It was something I could do for her, why not.”

Carrying a baby also brought an extra benefit to Dickson, who has multiple sclerosis (MS). Though her age and medical condition may have led to complications, she actually found that pregnancy helped put her MS in remission — a phenomenon that many researchers are looking —> Read More