First Baby Born to Womb Transplant Recipient

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In the past, women who have had issues with infertility had a select few options for becoming mothers. Some of those options have been fertility medication, surrogacy, adoption, IVF. Now there's one more option that can be added to that list: womb transplantation. 

A woman from Sweden just gave birth this past month to a baby with the help of a transplanted womb that she received from a 61-year-old family friend. The donor had already had two children and had gone through menopause, so she figured she wouldn't be needing her womb too much anymore. 

The unnamed Swedish woman was actually born without a womb, so she had no hope in birthing her own child; she only had the option of surrogacy if she wanted a child that was biologically hers. But with the procedure that gave her a known-to-function womb, the option was possible to give birth to her own child. 

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The transplant itself took a year to become accepted as part of the woman's body. Six weeks after the procedure, she had a period, which was an indication that her body and her new womb were syncing up just nicely. During the next year, she was required to take medication so that her body would continue to work properly with her new womb.

Once the year was complete, doctors “transferred a single embryo created in a lab dish using the woman's eggs and her husband's sperm,” thus beginning the growth process for this Swedish family's little baby boy.

With the exception of a couple of “mild rejection episodes” and the eventual reason for having to give birth via c-section at 31 weeks because of the mother developing preeclampsia, the pregnancy went really well. Granted, the baby was a little on the early side, but he was born healthy, weighing in at almost 4 pounds, which, as is noted in the article, is completely normal for a baby at that stage in development. 

One of the surgeons that took part in the procedure, Liza Johannesson, said about the procedure that “[the procedure] gives hope to those women and men that thought they would never have a child—that thought they were out of hope.” 

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I think this is such a great thing that people who were previously unable to have their own kids now have a chance at having the full birth experience. What do you think? 

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First Baby Born to Womb Transplant Recipient

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