Woman Gives Birth to her Own Grandson

I want to see the pedigree chart on this family!

A California woman was told that she couldn’t have children. A few years later, her mother delivered the younger woman’s first child, conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the younger woman’s husband and eggs removed from the younger woman’s body.

According to the grandmother, “The attachment for me was not an issue as people have predicted, because in my mind it was biologically their baby,” she said. “I was just a deluxe Easy-Bake Oven.”

You can read the full story at https://goo.gl/wWkiGP.

This reminds me of the song, I’m My Own Grandpa that has been recorded by a number of artists. Here is Ray Stevens’ version:

Now, many many years ago
When I was twenty three
I was married to a widow
Who was pretty as could be

This widow had a grown-up daughter
Had hair of red
My father fell in love with her
And soon the two were wed

This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life
My daughter was my mother
‘Cause she was my father’s wife

To complicate the matters
Even though it brought me joy
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy

My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad
And so became my uncle
Though it made me very sad

For if he was my uncle
That also made him the brother
Of the widow’s grown-up daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

My father’s wife then had a son
That kept them on the run
And he became my grandchild
For he was my daughter’s son

My wife is now my mother’s mother
And it makes me blue
Because, she is my wife
She’s my grandmother too

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

Now, if my wife is my grandmother
Then, I am her grandchild
And every time I think of it
It nearly drives me wild

For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw
As the husband of my grandmother
I am my own grandpa

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

6 Comments

Interesting.

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In our family, my mother’s sister married my father’s nephew. Those branches are soooo scrambled!

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My grandmother’s best friend died in childbirth so my grandparents adopted the baby girl. The widowed father married again, a woman with a grown daughter. Them, my grandmother died and my grandfather married the grown daughter. So my aunt was a step-sister to her father’s second wife and her step sister was also her step mother.
I’m making a family tree quilt and having an awkward time fitting that extra branch into the tree! The step grandmother is the only grandmother I knew, so she has to be represented, but it’s interesting trying to gerrymander the step family into a coherent picture.

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There’s no mess like ancestry makes displaying those kinds of relationships.

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I don’t see how it would affect the lineage. Biologically this child is still the product of the young woman and her husband. Who gave birth to the child is irrelevant. The child’s parentage wouldn’t have been in question if any other woman had served as the surrogate.

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Sounds like it’s time to revise birth certificates to show who the “birth mother” is, and who the “genetic mother” is.

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