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Mom gives birth to daughter's child through surrogacy: "A gift that I could give her"

Mom gives birth to daughter's child through surrogacy: "A gift that I could give her"

Her daughter was told that she couldn't have more children.

In a unique pregnancy, a woman from Utah gave birth to her daughter's child as a surrogate.  

Kaitlyn Munoz, 25, was informed she couldn't have any more children because of "health issues," per PEOPLE. She was diagnosed with endometriosis and, subsequently, Sjögren's syndrome. According to Web Md, "Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to go haywire and attack healthy cells instead of invading bacteria or viruses." It targets the glands that produce tears and saliva, but it can also harm the joints, thyroid, kidneys, liver, and other organs.

 



 

Nonetheless, Munoz had two frozen embryos left over from an IVF procedure that resulted in the birth of her previous child, son Callahan, according to her Instagram Post. Chalise Smith, her mother, stepped in and offered to carry and deliver her child this time. 

Smith, the mother of eight, spoke to KSL, "I saw Kaitlyn go through the IVF process, and I know what it entails. There are all the shots and so many emotions that are involved with it, and I told her that I understood the risks and that I had been praying about it for three weeks." She added, "Then she told me, 'I was just sitting here thinking about who could I have carry my embryos, and you called me up.' "

 



 

Smith gave birth to Alayna Kait Chalise Munoz at American Fork Hospital shortly before 9 p.m. on May 17. She told Fox 13, "She was seven pounds, 13 ounces, 21 inches long, and came out just healthy and gave her little screams." She added, "I just felt like this is something that I could do for her, a gift that I could give her."

Munoz announced the birth of her daughter through an emotional Instagram Post. She wrote, "What an amazing experience the last 24 hours have been. I am at a loss of words. My mom is a living angel and brought us another blessing earth side and we are in LOVE." She further added, "When my mom offered to be our surrogate it just felt so right. My mom did so amazing through out the pregnancy and we had an amazing delivery experience. Grateful for my mom and her selflessness in this journey."

 



 

 

Smith revealed her choice while celebrating Alayna's one-week birthday last month. She wrote on Facebook, "Alayna is one week! As I have reflected on my surrogacy journey this past week, I have been reminded of many things I experienced along the way. Many emotions and feelings played a role in the journey. Excitement, fear, faith, hope, anticipation, doubt, joy and undoubtedly LOVE."

She stated that she first debated whether or not to carry the embryos and she wanted to, "make sure I wasn't making an emotional choice." She further wrote, "Never did I think I would experience something like this or have a baby at 50! As I turned to my Heavenly Father and Savior, through prayer and always pondering my choice in my heart, there were countless moments of guidance and confirmations that this path was a path for me." 

Cover Image Source: Chalise Broadhead Smith/Facebook

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