After marrying her husband, Chuck, in 1995, Udona Herbert learned she was unable to have kids.
According to PEOPLE, Udona’s body “naturally aborted embryos,” meaning getting pregnant just wasn’t possible.
The fact that they couldn’t produce biological children crushed Udona and Chuck, so they found other ways of spreading the love they had to give, by hosting exchange students for years at a time and babysitting nieces and nephews whenever they had a chance.
“We just had so much love to give and we wanted to share that with somebody,” Udona tells PEOPLE. “Chuck was so good with kids and I knew he would be amazing as a dad, so it has always upset me.”
Yet despite finding other ways to move on with their lives, there was always a void that couldn’t be filled.
Around Thanksgiving time in 2015, Udona started to experience a “fluttering” feeling in her stomach and feared it was a form of cancer. Too afraid to divulge her worst fears to her husband, Udona just prayed in silence.
“I didn’t want Chuck to make a fuss over me. I prayed every night, in silent prayer, that I would get better.”
In January her symptoms started getting worse, experiencing nausea, stomach aches, dizziness, and cramping, so she consulted with her mother and a few close friends.
Not one of them confirmed Udona’s worst fear that it was cancer, instead they urged her to take a pregnancy test. Udona immediately FaceTimed Chuck when the first two pregnancy tests she took were positive.
“I figured it was one of Udona’s friends pulling a practical joke on me,” Chuck says. “In my head, I was thinking there was no way we were being blessed with a child!”
But Udona wasn’t just pregnant, she was already in her third trimester by the time doctors confirmed the miracle. Four weeks later, the Herberts welcomed a their first child, Brooks Major.
Dr. Paul Gibbs, a maternal fetal medicine specialist and the doctor who treated Udona in her last week of pregnancy tells PEOPLE that her story is “very rare.”
“Here she was, some 20 years later, and she gets pregnant,” he says. “Every now and then I see someone that has struggled with fertility for years and by the grace of God they get pregnant. It’s hard to explain.”
And thanks to the, albeit longterm, plan God had for them, Udona and Chuck no longer feel like something is missing in their lives.
Chuck adds, “I don’t let him out of my sight. It’s hard to describe this feeling— this love I have. The love for my child is something I hadn’t known and now I’m so glad I do.”
Independent Journal Review reached out to Udona for comment, but has yet to receive a response.