When most women become grandmothers, they look forward to having all the joy and love of a new baby with less responsibility.
After all, grandmothers usually get their fill of motherhood the first time around and are happy to let the next generation deal with teething and midnight feedings, while Grandma shows up on Saturday afternoons with a few kisses and cookies.
Still, every now and then, there are stories about grandparents who end up taking a more traditional parenting role.
And then, there is this grandmother who actually helped out with the physical challenge of pregnancy and labor. In act, there’s a grandmother who stepped in as surrogates for their children, a very rare group that shows a large amount of courage and self-sacrifice for their family.
Theresa Hohenhaus is one such grandmother, who stepped up to the plate when doctors said her 25-year-old daughter would never be able to have a child.
Hohenhaus’ daughter Alice was diagnosed with leukemia at 4 years old and it took Alive four years to beat the cancer into remission. At the age of 9, she relapsed and the radiation treatment damaged her uterus badly.
At the age of 23, after miscarrying her first child, she found out that she could conceive a child, but just couldn’t carry to term.
At 46, Theresa was still in her childbearing years, and as a mother of four children, she knew that her body was suited for pregnancy and birth.
Theresa serving as a surrogate worked perfectly.
The mother and daughter shared every appointment and detail throughout the pregnancy.
They were blessed with a normal and healthy pregnancy, despite the complicated circumstances.
Theresa told the Daily Mail, “I had the first cuddle while Alice cut the cord.”
Alice named her son little boy Parker.