According to DailyMail, the news of a lesbian couples who have a baby carried in both wombs have begin to gain popularity. How did this happen? Let’s find out below:
A British lesbian couple have become the first parents to carry a single baby in both of their wombs – in a pioneering new procedure known as ‘shared motherhood’.
Jasmine Francis-Smith, 28, from Northamptonshire, gave birth to Otis two months ago at a hospital in Essex, using an egg that was first incubated by her wife, Donna.
Previously, the procedure could only be achieved through artificial incubation of the egg before the transfer of the embryo to the womb.
Donna incubated the embryo for the first 18 hours following fertilisation in the ‘shared motherhood’ procedure, before it was transferred to Jasmine.
This is done by placing the eggs inside the miniature capsule and inserting it into Donna’s womb, allowing interaction between the embryo and the maternal environment.
A benefit is that fertilization will take place in the maternal environment In Vivo, taking place in a living organism, rather than in the artificial environment of the IVF laboratory with its associated risks.
It is then removed and placed inside Jasmine, where it remains for the duration of the pregnancy.
A spokesman for the London Women’s clinic, which carried out the procedure, said that this not only allows both partners a ‘practical and emotional stake in the pregnancy, but also provides the embryo with important nutrients and other components in a natural, maternal environment’.