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March 2019 - Mood Baby

http://news.walmart.com/2019/03/07/walmart-to-present-at-bank-of-america-merrill-lynch-2019-consumer-retail-technology-conference

<b>BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 7, 2019</b> – Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced today that Brett Biggs, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will participate at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2019 Consumer &amp; Retail Technology Conference on Tuesday, March 12 at noon EDT. This session will be webcast live through the “Events” link at <a href="http://www.stock.walmart.com" target="_blank">www.stock.walmart.com</a>. A transcript of this session will be made available and archived on the company’s website.<br/><br/>Walmart helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting <a href="http://corporate.walmart.com">http://corporate.walmart.com</a>, on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/walmart</a> and on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/walmart</a>.

https://www.mother.ly/news/6-reasons-april-babies-are-special-according-to-science-

Winter is over and the world is beginning to bloom again. Mamas with April due dates can consider themselves lucky to be so in sync with Mother Nature. Being born during this month of renewal will have a lasting impact on springtime babies, because science shows your birth month matters.


Here are six ways an April due date can impact your little one for years to come.

They’re more likely to stay up late

A study in the journal Sleep found people with spring and summer birthdays generally go to bed later than those born in the fall and winter, so your little April chick is more likely to grow up to be a night owl.

They’ll likely have a positive outlook

A 2014 study of Hungarian university students found that babies born in March, April and May are more likely to rate higher on the hyperthymic scale later in life. A person with a hyperthymic temperament is optimistic and positive. Your April baby is more likely to be an optimist if you live in a place with dry summers and cold winters, like Hungary (or a lot of northern states). Your mileage may vary in equatorial climates.

They learn leadership skills early

According to researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, April babies (and those born in March) are more likely to become corporate leaders later in life than those born in the summer. After analyzing the birthdates of 375 CEOs’ S&P; 500 companies between 1992 and 2009, researchers concluded that this is due to the way we structure the school year. April babies are more likely to be the oldest in the class and therefore singled out as leaders early in life.

They have a lower risk of asthma

A 2015 study of New York City babies found kids with springtime birthdays have a lower risk for these medical issues. The decreased asthma risk could be because dust mites are more abundant in the spring, and if a baby is exposed during the first two months of life, that might strengthen their immune response.

They have a lower risk of ADHD

That same study notes ADHD is more commonly diagnosed in babies born later in the year, but this has nothing to do with dust mites and everything to do with the way the school year is structured, as the youngest kids in class are often perceived as not being as calm as the spring-born babies.

They should start wearing sunscreen early

An April due date means you’ll want to be mindful of early sun exposure. Studies have shown spring babies are more at risk for melanoma in adulthood, maybe because they get more sun exposure in the earliest months of life. So make sure to slather the sunscreen on your little Aries or Taurus this summer and protect their skin while developing their sunny personality.

[A version of this post was originally published March 30, 2018.]

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http://news.walmart.com/2019/03/04/walmart-international-and-p-g-combine-efforts-to-bring-clean-drinking-water-to-children-and-families-around-the-world

<b>BENTONVILLE, Ark. and CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 4, 2019</b> – Walmart International is proud to partner with The Procter &amp; Gamble Company (P&amp;G) and their <a href="https://csdw.org/" target="_blank">Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program</a> to launch a 2019 Global Event program that will raise awareness<b> </b>of the global water crisis. <br/><br/>Access to clean drinking water is a challenge every day for nearly 844 million people, and the burden for family household water needs disproportionally affects children around the world. In fact, nearly 1,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases- more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. <br/><br/>Walmart International will support the “1 purchase = 1 liter of clean water” campaign in countries where they have a presence, enabling shoppers to contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 that looks to ensure water and sanitation for all. <br/><br/>This global initiative kicked off in South Africa and Japan in February. The next launches will be in Argentina, China and India in March. Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada and the United Kingdom will participate in the second half of 2019.<br/><br/>For every P&amp;G product consumers purchase in the participating countries during the campaign period, P&amp;G will provide one liter of clean water to help children and their families through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. P&amp;G and Walmart International have set a goal to raise 100 million liters of clean water during 2019.<br/><br/>P&amp;G introduced the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program in 2004, working with NGOs around the world to bring clean drinking water and education on proper sanitation and hygiene. To date, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has delivered more than 14 billion liters of clean water to people in more than 90 countries. Clean drinking water is made possible through the P&amp;G Purifier of Water packets invented by P&amp;G laundry scientists. Ten liters of dirty water can be transformed using just one P&amp;G Purifier of Water packet, a bucket, a spoon and a cloth in 30 minutes.<br/><br/>“We are excited to work with Walmart on a global scale to bring awareness to the clean water crisis and expand the P&amp;G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program that has been transforming lives for nearly 15 years. Growing this partnership will enable us to positively touch and improve more lives and provide clean water that will help enable health, education and economic opportunities,” said Mindy Sherwood, P&amp;G-Walmart Global Vice President<b>. </b><br/><br/>The campaign will run for several weeks in all participating countries. To learn more about the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, visit <a href="http://www.csdw.org" target="_blank">www.csdw.org</a><b>.</b><br/><br/><b>About Walmart</b><br/>Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting<i> </i><a href="http://corporate.walmart.com">http://corporate.walmart.com</a>, on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/walmart</a> and on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/walmart</a>.<br/><br/><b>About Procter &amp; Gamble</b><br/>P&amp;G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head &amp; Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&amp;G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit <a href="http://www.pg.com" target="_blank">http://www.pg.com</a> for the latest news and information about P&amp;G and its brands.

http://news.walmart.com/2019/03/04/walmart-international-and-p-g-combine-efforts-to-bring-clean-drinking-water-to-children-and-families-around-the-world

<b>BENTONVILLE, Ark. and CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 4, 2019</b> – Walmart International is proud to partner with The Procter &amp; Gamble Company (P&amp;G) and their <a href="https://csdw.org/" target="_blank">Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program</a> to launch a 2019 Global Event program that will raise awareness<b> </b>of the global water crisis. <br/><br/>Access to clean drinking water is a challenge every day for nearly 844 million people, and the burden for family household water needs disproportionally affects children around the world. In fact, nearly 1,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases- more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. <br/><br/>Walmart International will support the “1 purchase = 1 liter of clean water” campaign in countries where they have a presence, enabling shoppers to contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 that looks to ensure water and sanitation for all. <br/><br/>This global initiative kicked off in South Africa and Japan in February. The next launches will be in Argentina, China and India in March. Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada and the United Kingdom will participate in the second half of 2019.<br/><br/>For every P&amp;G product consumers purchase in the participating countries during the campaign period, P&amp;G will provide one liter of clean water to help children and their families through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. P&amp;G and Walmart International have set a goal to raise 100 million liters of clean water during 2019.<br/><br/>P&amp;G introduced the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program in 2004, working with NGOs around the world to bring clean drinking water and education on proper sanitation and hygiene. To date, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has delivered more than 14 billion liters of clean water to people in more than 90 countries. Clean drinking water is made possible through the P&amp;G Purifier of Water packets invented by P&amp;G laundry scientists. Ten liters of dirty water can be transformed using just one P&amp;G Purifier of Water packet, a bucket, a spoon and a cloth in 30 minutes.<br/><br/>“We are excited to work with Walmart on a global scale to bring awareness to the clean water crisis and expand the P&amp;G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program that has been transforming lives for nearly 15 years. Growing this partnership will enable us to positively touch and improve more lives and provide clean water that will help enable health, education and economic opportunities,” said Mindy Sherwood, P&amp;G-Walmart Global Vice President<b>. </b><br/><br/>The campaign will run for several weeks in all participating countries. To learn more about the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, visit <a href="http://www.csdw.org" target="_blank">www.csdw.org</a><b>.</b><br/><br/><b>About Walmart</b><br/>Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting<i> </i><a href="http://corporate.walmart.com">http://corporate.walmart.com</a>, on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/walmart</a> and on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/walmart</a>.<br/><br/><b>About Procter &amp; Gamble</b><br/>P&amp;G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head &amp; Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&amp;G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit <a href="http://www.pg.com" target="_blank">http://www.pg.com</a> for the latest news and information about P&amp;G and its brands.

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<b>BENTONVILLE, Ark. and CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 4, 2019</b> – Walmart International is proud to partner with The Procter &amp; Gamble Company (P&amp;G) and their <a href="https://csdw.org/" target="_blank">Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program</a> to launch a 2019 Global Event program that will raise awareness<b> </b>of the global water crisis. <br/><br/>Access to clean drinking water is a challenge every day for nearly 844 million people, and the burden for family household water needs disproportionally affects children around the world. In fact, nearly 1,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases- more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. <br/><br/>Walmart International will support the “1 purchase = 1 liter of clean water” campaign in countries where they have a presence, enabling shoppers to contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 that looks to ensure water and sanitation for all. <br/><br/>This global initiative kicked off in South Africa and Japan in February. The next launches will be in Argentina, China and India in March. Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada and the United Kingdom will participate in the second half of 2019.<br/><br/>For every P&amp;G product consumers purchase in the participating countries during the campaign period, P&amp;G will provide one liter of clean water to help children and their families through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. P&amp;G and Walmart International have set a goal to raise 100 million liters of clean water during 2019.<br/><br/>P&amp;G introduced the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program in 2004, working with NGOs around the world to bring clean drinking water and education on proper sanitation and hygiene. To date, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has delivered more than 14 billion liters of clean water to people in more than 90 countries. Clean drinking water is made possible through the P&amp;G Purifier of Water packets invented by P&amp;G laundry scientists. Ten liters of dirty water can be transformed using just one P&amp;G Purifier of Water packet, a bucket, a spoon and a cloth in 30 minutes.<br/><br/>“We are excited to work with Walmart on a global scale to bring awareness to the clean water crisis and expand the P&amp;G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program that has been transforming lives for nearly 15 years. Growing this partnership will enable us to positively touch and improve more lives and provide clean water that will help enable health, education and economic opportunities,” said Mindy Sherwood, P&amp;G-Walmart Global Vice President<b>. </b><br/><br/>The campaign will run for several weeks in all participating countries. To learn more about the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, visit <a href="http://www.csdw.org" target="_blank">www.csdw.org</a><b>.</b><br/><br/><b>About Walmart</b><br/>Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting<i> </i><a href="http://corporate.walmart.com">http://corporate.walmart.com</a>, on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/walmart</a> and on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/walmart</a>.<br/><br/><b>About Procter &amp; Gamble</b><br/>P&amp;G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head &amp; Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&amp;G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit <a href="http://www.pg.com" target="_blank">http://www.pg.com</a> for the latest news and information about P&amp;G and its brands.

http://news.walmart.com/2019/03/04/walmart-international-and-p-g-combine-efforts-to-bring-clean-drinking-water-to-children-and-families-around-the-world

<b>BENTONVILLE, Ark. and CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 4, 2019</b> – Walmart International is proud to partner with The Procter &amp; Gamble Company (P&amp;G) and their <a href="https://csdw.org/" target="_blank">Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program</a> to launch a 2019 Global Event program that will raise awareness<b> </b>of the global water crisis. <br/><br/>Access to clean drinking water is a challenge every day for nearly 844 million people, and the burden for family household water needs disproportionally affects children around the world. In fact, nearly 1,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases- more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. <br/><br/>Walmart International will support the “1 purchase = 1 liter of clean water” campaign in countries where they have a presence, enabling shoppers to contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 that looks to ensure water and sanitation for all. <br/><br/>This global initiative kicked off in South Africa and Japan in February. The next launches will be in Argentina, China and India in March. Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada and the United Kingdom will participate in the second half of 2019.<br/><br/>For every P&amp;G product consumers purchase in the participating countries during the campaign period, P&amp;G will provide one liter of clean water to help children and their families through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. P&amp;G and Walmart International have set a goal to raise 100 million liters of clean water during 2019.<br/><br/>P&amp;G introduced the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program in 2004, working with NGOs around the world to bring clean drinking water and education on proper sanitation and hygiene. To date, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has delivered more than 14 billion liters of clean water to people in more than 90 countries. Clean drinking water is made possible through the P&amp;G Purifier of Water packets invented by P&amp;G laundry scientists. Ten liters of dirty water can be transformed using just one P&amp;G Purifier of Water packet, a bucket, a spoon and a cloth in 30 minutes.<br/><br/>“We are excited to work with Walmart on a global scale to bring awareness to the clean water crisis and expand the P&amp;G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program that has been transforming lives for nearly 15 years. Growing this partnership will enable us to positively touch and improve more lives and provide clean water that will help enable health, education and economic opportunities,” said Mindy Sherwood, P&amp;G-Walmart Global Vice President<b>. </b><br/><br/>The campaign will run for several weeks in all participating countries. To learn more about the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, visit <a href="http://www.csdw.org" target="_blank">www.csdw.org</a><b>.</b><br/><br/><b>About Walmart</b><br/>Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting<i> </i><a href="http://corporate.walmart.com">http://corporate.walmart.com</a>, on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/walmart</a> and on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/walmart" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/walmart</a>.<br/><br/><b>About Procter &amp; Gamble</b><br/>P&amp;G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head &amp; Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&amp;G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit <a href="http://www.pg.com" target="_blank">http://www.pg.com</a> for the latest news and information about P&amp;G and its brands.

https://www.mother.ly/news/61-year-old-grandmother-birth

Many grandmothers are in the room or just down the hall when their grandchild enters the world, waiting anxiously to meet the baby who will make their baby a parent.

But 61-year-old Cecile Eledge wasn’t just in the delivery room when her granddaughter Uma was born earlier this week. As first reported by BuzzFeed News, she was the one giving birth to her.

“It started off as really a joke. My mom, she loved being pregnant and she also really wants grandchildren—and has gone to great lengths to make that happen,” Cecile’s son, Uma’s father Matthew Eledge explained in an interview with Motherly.

Cecile was the gestational surrogate for Matthew and his husband, Elliot Dougherty. As a gestational surrogate, Cecile did not provide an egg (that came from Elliot’s sister, Lea) but did carry her granddaughter in her womb.

As Matthew tells Motherly, Uma’s birth was a community effort and her upbringing will be too.

“My mom, I believe she’s the hero of the story because she had to endure so much, but at the same time, my partner’s sister, she was generous enough to donate her eggs and she didn’t have to do that. That required a huge invasion of her life,” he says, noting that while Uma has two men for parents, her little family is surrounded by and supported by women.

Matthew continues: “There’s something about women that is irreplaceable and healing and powerful and amazing, so thank God we have these women around us, not just for us, but also for our daughter to grow up and witness and be inspired by.”

The journey to Uma

Like many LGBTQ couples, Matthew and Elliot put a lot of thought into how they were going to become parents, like two years worth of thought. They knew that if they used Matthew’s sperm and Elliot’s sister’s egg they would both be genetically related to their child, but they would still need a gestational surrogate, and Cecile surprised her son by volunteering.

Matthew says he kind of scoffed at the idea at first, as his mother was ten years beyond menopause when she made the offer. Still, he mentioned it to the couple’s IVF specialist and to his surprise, the doctor didn’t think it was so crazy.

Cecile’s son describes her as someone who has been “ridiculously healthy all her life” and when Dr. Maud Doherty at Methodist Women’s Hospital started testing Cecile’s fitness for gestation, it became clear that despite her age, she could be a good candidate for gestational surrogacy.

Bringing Uma into the world was an act of love that brought her two dads (Matthew’s on the right), her aunt and her grandmother together, as is clearly seen in the maternity photos taken by photographer Ariel Panowicz, who also captured Uma’s birth.

“I have this daughter who was born into a world where her Aunt Lea gave a piece of herself for her to grow, and her grandmother provided a warm, loving environment for [the pregnancy] to come to fruition, and then we have my great childhood friend Laurie, who has been pumping and freezing her breastmilk so she can nourish this girl,” Matthew explains.

Each one of these women offered Matthew and Elliot an incredible gift during this process. Matthew says there’s something about new parenthood that makes people speak in cliches, but that “it truly does take a village”.

We all need a village

Matthew and Elliot, along with Lea, Cecile and Laurie acted as a team to bring Uma into the world, and while it made Matthew feel vulnerable to rely on others, he wishes more parents, gay or straight, could embrace vulnerability and have the kind of support system that he and Elliot have behind them.

“We’ve gotten into this mindset where, moms especially, have more pressures then I think they’ve ever had before. They have to do it all but also they don’t get to ask for help. And I think that’s just such a shame. It’s a shame for women, it’s a shame for fathers and it’s a shame for kids,” he explains.

For Matthew, having people behind him as he parents his daughter is as important as having help in conceiving her. Leaning on the strong women around him has given him confidence he wasn’t always sure he would find as a father.

“I went into this process of building a family with a lot of fears, like would I be able to tap into what I believe is ‘maternal magic’? In this process I’ve learned that I can, especially with the help of others.”

A mother’s amazing gift

He’s been a father for a few days now, and Matthew still can’t really believe the gift his mother gave him.

“This is a big undertaking, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually, and for her to say that it was no problem, I think that speaks volumes to her character, to make such a sacrifice, such a selfless act for the sake of her own child, even when they’re grown…I just think it’s so powerful,” he explains.

It is powerful and rare. Only a handful of women over sixty have carried their grandchildren as gestational surrogates, and even with Cecile being in such great health, having an embryo take on the first try is pretty kind of amazing.

Medical technology and the couple’s village made this process as easy as possible, but state laws in Nebraska have not. As Matthew explains, on Uma’s birth certificate he and his mom are unfortunately listed as Uma’s parents (even though Cecile is not Uma’s biological mother) and Elliot is not recognized at all.

In some states, a baby’s intended parents are recognized on the birth certificate and the surrogate is not, but that’s not how it is in Nebraska, so Elliot will have to adopt Uma in order to be recognized as her legal father.

Despite the legal red tape Elliot is just as much Uma’s parent as Matthew is. As Elliot explained in a recent Instagram post, the new dads are living life “in two hour intervals now” (something we can totally relate to).

“I know we’ve got this,” Elliot writes. “Matthew is an incredible dad. I didn’t know I could love him any deeper than I already did, but watching him with her is so beautiful.”

And so is the story of her birth, and the amazing gift that Matthew’s mother and Elliot’s sister gave these loving dads.

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https://www.mother.ly/news/61-year-old-grandmother-birth

Many grandmothers are in the room or just down the hall when their grandchild enters the world, waiting anxiously to meet the baby who will make their baby a parent.

But 61-year-old Cecile Eledge wasn’t just in the delivery room when her granddaughter Uma was born earlier this week. As first reported by BuzzFeed News, she was the one giving birth to her.

“It started off as really a joke. My mom, she loved being pregnant and she also really wants grandchildren—and has gone to great lengths to make that happen,” Cecile’s son, Uma’s father Matthew Eledge explained in an interview with Motherly.

Cecile was the gestational surrogate for Matthew and his husband, Elliot Dougherty. As a gestational surrogate, Cecile did not provide an egg (that came from Elliot’s sister, Lea) but did carry her granddaughter in her womb.

As Matthew tells Motherly, Uma’s birth was a community effort and her upbringing will be too.

“My mom, I believe she’s the hero of the story because she had to endure so much, but at the same time, my partner’s sister, she was generous enough to donate her eggs and she didn’t have to do that. That required a huge invasion of her life,” he says, noting that while Uma has two men for parents, her little family is surrounded by and supported by women.

Matthew continues: “There’s something about women that is irreplaceable and healing and powerful and amazing, so thank God we have these women around us, not just for us, but also for our daughter to grow up and witness and be inspired by.”

The journey to Uma

Like many LGBTQ couples, Matthew and Elliot put a lot of thought into how they were going to become parents, like two years worth of thought. They knew that if they used Matthew’s sperm and Elliot’s sister’s egg they would both be genetically related to their child, but they would still need a gestational surrogate, and Cecile surprised her son by volunteering.

Matthew says he kind of scoffed at the idea at first, as his mother was ten years beyond menopause when she made the offer. Still, he mentioned it to the couple’s IVF specialist and to his surprise, the doctor didn’t think it was so crazy.

Cecile’s son describes her as someone who has been “ridiculously healthy all her life” and when Dr. Maud Doherty at Methodist Women’s Hospital started testing Cecile’s fitness for gestation, it became clear that despite her age, she could be a good candidate for gestational surrogacy.

Bringing Uma into the world was an act of love that brought her two dads (Matthew’s on the right), her aunt and her grandmother together, as is clearly seen in the maternity photos taken by photographer Ariel Panowicz, who also captured Uma’s birth.

“I have this daughter who was born into a world where her Aunt Lea gave a piece of herself for her to grow, and her grandmother provided a warm, loving environment for [the pregnancy] to come to fruition, and then we have my great childhood friend Laurie, who has been pumping and freezing her breastmilk so she can nourish this girl,” Matthew explains.

Each one of these women offered Matthew and Elliot an incredible gift during this process. Matthew says there’s something about new parenthood that makes people speak in cliches, but that “it truly does take a village”.

We all need a village

Matthew and Elliot, along with Lea, Cecile and Laurie acted as a team to bring Uma into the world, and while it made Matthew feel vulnerable to rely on others, he wishes more parents, gay or straight, could embrace vulnerability and have the kind of support system that he and Elliot have behind them.

“We’ve gotten into this mindset where, moms especially, have more pressures then I think they’ve ever had before. They have to do it all but also they don’t get to ask for help. And I think that’s just such a shame. It’s a shame for women, it’s a shame for fathers and it’s a shame for kids,” he explains.

For Matthew, having people behind him as he parents his daughter is as important as having help in conceiving her. Leaning on the strong women around him has given him confidence he wasn’t always sure he would find as a father.

“I went into this process of building a family with a lot of fears, like would I be able to tap into what I believe is ‘maternal magic’? In this process I’ve learned that I can, especially with the help of others.”

A mother’s amazing gift

He’s been a father for a few days now, and Matthew still can’t really believe the gift his mother gave him.

“This is a big undertaking, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually, and for her to say that it was no problem, I think that speaks volumes to her character, to make such a sacrifice, such a selfless act for the sake of her own child, even when they’re grown…I just think it’s so powerful,” he explains.

It is powerful and rare. Only a handful of women over sixty have carried their grandchildren as gestational surrogates, and even with Cecile being in such great health, having an embryo take on the first try is pretty kind of amazing.

Medical technology and the couple’s village made this process as easy as possible, but state laws in Nebraska have not. As Matthew explains, on Uma’s birth certificate he and his mom are unfortunately listed as Uma’s parents (even though Cecile is not Uma’s biological mother) and Elliot is not recognized at all.

In some states, a baby’s intended parents are recognized on the birth certificate and the surrogate is not, but that’s not how it is in Nebraska, so Elliot will have to adopt Uma in order to be recognized as her legal father.

Despite the legal red tape Elliot is just as much Uma’s parent as Matthew is. As Elliot explained in a recent Instagram post, the new dads are living life “in two hour intervals now” (something we can totally relate to).

“I know we’ve got this,” Elliot writes. “Matthew is an incredible dad. I didn’t know I could love him any deeper than I already did, but watching him with her is so beautiful.”

And so is the story of her birth, and the amazing gift that Matthew’s mother and Elliot’s sister gave these loving dads.

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