Mother and Her Child Were Born From the Same Womb

Woman's mom donated her uterus
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2015 12:25 PM CDT
Baby Born Out of Same Womb as His Mother
A Swedish mother holds her child in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Aug. 16, 2015. For this family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother.   (AP Photo/Maria Cheng)

More than three decades after she was born out of her mother's womb, a Swedish woman gave birth to a child of her own—a child who was also born out of that same womb. The new mom, whose baby is now nine months old, lost her uterus to cancer years ago, and her mom—who is now in her mid-50s—immediately agreed to donate her own uterus to her daughter. "I was crying and told her I loved her and thank you for doing this," the new mom, who wishes to remain unnamed, tells the AP of the transplant procedure. After four attempts to transfer embryos into the new uterus via IVF, the young woman got pregnant, and had no complications.

"Feeling him against my cheek was the most wonderful feeling ever," she says. "Hopefully when he grows up, uterus transplantation (will be) an acknowledged treatment for women like me and he will know that he was part of making that possible." Dr. Mats Brannstrom's work with womb transplants—"this was impossible until Brannstrom did it," says one doctor, and Brannstrom has now overseen four babies born out of transplanted wombs including this one—has been called the biggest fertility medicine breakthrough since IVF. He says this birth was particularly special: "It's one uterus bridging three generations of a family." Click for the full, heartwarming story. (More womb stories.)

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