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Woman with uterus transplant successfully gives birth to baby boy

| | October 8, 2014

In what’s being hailed as a huge step in fertility and reproduction science, doctors in Sweden say a woman has given birth to a baby boy less than two years after she received a uterus transplant. The new mother, 36, had been born without a uterus, so another woman, 61, donated her womb several years after she had gone through menopause.

The successful birth was reported by Dr. Mats Brannstrom of the University of Gothenburg, where a research program has performed uterine transplants on nine women. The program’s findings are being published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

“The recipient had intact ovaries and was able to produce eggs, which were then fertilized using IVF” before the transplant, NPR’s Patti Neighmond reports. “The resulting embryos were transferred to her uterus. Doctors were concerned about compromised blood flow to the fetus, but it turned out blood flow was normal.”

The baby was delivered by cesarean section in September, after his mother developed preeclampsia in the 31st week of the pregnancy. He was sent home 10 days after being born.

Read full, original article: A First: Uterus Transplant Gives Parents A Healthy Baby

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