By Cristina Hodgson • 05 December 2019 • 13:09
British Lesbian Couple Become First To Carry Baby In Both Their Wombs
A BRITISH lesbian couple have made history by becoming the first parents to have a baby carried in both of their wombs in a landmark “shared motherhood” procedure.
While more than 100 babies have been born to lesbian couples using artificial incubation, this procedure offers the chance for both parents to participate in “sharing” the pregnancy.
If IVF treatment isn’t complex enough to start with, the London Women’s Clinic – England where the treatment was offered has taken things one step further.
The process involves one parent contributing and incubating the eggs, while the other parent carries the foetus to term.
In the case of Jasmine Smith-Francis, 28 and her wife Donna, 30, Jasmine gave birth to IVF baby Otis after he was first incubated by Donna.
Donna contributed the egg and the initial 18 hours of incubation and then it was Jasmine who carried the foetus to term.
Jasmine Francis-Smith gave birth to Otis, the couple’s son, two months ago,
Donna Francis-Smith told The Telegraph that they had been “overwhelmed” with the result and that as both were involved it had brought them “closer” together “emotionally” that they had been a close couple anyway but now they both have a “special bond” with Otis.
Jasmine, 28, a dental nurse from Northamptonshire, gave birth to their son on Sept 30 in Colchester, Essex, where the family now live.
The couple said that the procedure made them feel “equal in the whole process”.
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