Jasmine Francis-Smith and her wife Donna are the first lesbian couple in the world to give birth to a baby carried in both of their wombs in a so-called “shared motherhood” procedure.
Jasmine gave birth to their son Otis two months ago, using an egg that was implanted using IVG after first being incubated by her wife.
The groundbreaking procedure took place using new in vitro fertilization technology called AneVivo at London Women’s Clinic.
Even though there have been hundreds of babies born using artificial incubation, what makes this procedure revolutionary is the fact that both parents have been participating. The 30-year-old Donna Francis-Smith told The Telegraph that they’re overwhelmed by the whole situation and the fact that the news has spread all over the world.
The AneVivo procedure has been pioneered by Swiss company Anecova, and it involves the eggs of the biological mother being placed inside a tiny capsule and inserted into her womb, where they were incubated.
After the eggs are incubated, they’re taken out for the first mother’s womb, and they’re placed in the womb of the gestational mother, who carries the baby to term.
What makes the procedure ‘special’ is that it allows one partner to provide the eggs, while the other can carry the embryo to term.
As reported by Business Insider, the capsule with the fertilized egg from Donna was removed from her womb after 18 hours of incubation, and the embryo was placed into Jasmine, who carried the baby to term.
“You get a lot of 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.” – said Donna after the healthy baby boy came into this world.
Jasmine added that the procedure made her and her wife “feel equal in the whole process”.
Speaking of baby Otis, the mothers said that “he’s good and he’s just chilling out”. They noted that they’ll support their son in whatever he wants to be, and they’re extremely happy that everything worked out so well and the information is now out there. They hope that the revolutionary procedure will help people in the future, as it brings two moms closer, rather than feeling one has a bond more than the other.