British lesbian couple have become the first in the world to carry a baby in both of their wombs in a landmark “shared motherhood” procedure.
The lesbian couple welcomed their baby boy two months ago, he was given birth to by Jasmine Francis-Smith after using an egg that was implanted using IVF after it was incubated by her wife, Donna.
London Women’s Clinic offered the treatment to the lesbian couple and it involves on partner contributing and incubating the egg, while the other subsequently carries the foetus therefore the partners carried the baby in both wombs.
They are the first in the world to ever do this, although more than 100 babies have been born to lesbian couples using artificial incubation, as the procedure involved both parents participating.
Lance Cpl Donna Francis-Smith, 30, from Nottinghamshire, told The Telegraph:
“We’re overwhelmed to be honest, it’s blown up massively.
“You get a lot of same-sex couples where one person is doing the whole thing, and the one person is getting pregnant and giving birth, whereas with this we’re both involved in a massive way. It’s definitely brought us closer together emotionally. We’re a close couple anyway but we both have a special bond with Otis as well which was helped by the way we’ve done it.
“It’s my egg, and then they did the egg collection from me and then put it back into my body for 18 hours before being put into Jasmine’s body, and she became pregnant.”
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”.
The couple got married in April last year after meeting in 2014 through online dating after Donna had moved back from Cyprus.
According to Donna, their baby Otis “is doing really good – he’s just chilling out. He’s a really good boy.”