More than a dozen women have given birth through uterine transplants over the recent years, and it was usually done with wombs donated from a living donor, such as a friend or a relative who no longer wants to have children.
However, the first US baby to be carried to term in a womb from a deceased donor has been delivered at the Cleveland Clinic last month.
The little girl was born in June, and she’s quite unique, because she was carried in a womb from a deceased donor, which makes this groundbreaking operation a possibility for thousands of women with uterine-factor infertility.
The mother is a part of a research trial at the Ohio hospital that involves 10 women in their 20s and 30s who were born without a uterus.
This woman is in her mid-30s.
Research shows that about one in 500 women globally are infertile due to uterine complications.
The woman received the uterus in late 2017, and she fell pregnant through in-vitro fertilization in late 2018.
Uma Perni, M.D., maternal medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic said that they couldn’t have asked for a better outcome, and everything went wonderfully well with the delivery.
The mother and the baby girl are doing great, but the important thing to remember here is that this is still research. However, it’s exciting to see what the options may be for women in the future, as the field of uterus transplantation is evolving very rapidly.
The clinic has done five uterus transplants so far, however, three of them have been successful.
The two other women are currently waiting to attempt pregnancy with their new wombs.