Medicine

Same-sex couple carries same baby

Same-sex couple carries same baby

Ashleigh and Bliss said they feel blessed to be able to share this experience together and more children are in their future.

Effortless IVF refers to a form of IVF whereby the eggs and the sperm are introduced in a device called an INVOcell capsule.

"I knew that I wanted to have a child that was biologically mine but I didn't want to carry my child", Bliss said.

In response to those who cite religious arguments against the complex scientific practices required to make the fertilization possible, Kathy said she would "respectfully disagree".

"We anxious that he wouldn't connect to me because he has [Bliss'] DNA", Ashleigh says. In this case, they went into an INVOcell device, which was then implanted in Bliss's body for five days.

Bliss' eggs were harvested and inseminated in August 2017. "Effortless Reciprocal IVF is a great opportunity for same-sex couples". Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter underwent reciprocal IVF as eggs taken from Bliss were fertilised with a donor sperm in a lab.

'The eggs fertilized in her body and when they returned five days later, we removed the device and froze the embryos'.

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Embryos do not have livers, kidneys or lungs, with lab incubators normally used to remove toxins and perform other vital functions performed by the unformed organs.

Ashleigh called Stetson 'our miracle baby, ' with Bliss branding him 'perfect...our little cowboy'.

Doctors evaluated Ashleigh's uterus, gave her estrogen and then progesterone, waited for the right time and transferred her wife's embryos to her body. And of course she couldn't stop talking about Stetson, who is now 5 months old. In layman's terms, the process allowed Bliss to carry the embryo for five days as it formed, and that embryo was then transplanted into Ashleigh, who carried the child, a son named Stetson, to term. Ashleigh was pregnant after the first try. "I don't know if it'll work, but if y'all are willing to try, let's go for it, '" Bliss recalled.

'So that made it really special for the both of us - that we were both involved. "I started reaching out to fertility doctors, saying, 'This is what I had in mind, ' and got a lot of no".

And it cost the Coulters about half of the approximately $15,000 that other IVF procedures can cost, the savings coming from using the human body as the incubator instead of expensive lab equipment.

"I think it opens up new avenues, new choices for same-sex couples", Kathy said.

Since Ashleigh's delivery, a second same-sex couple in North Texas chose reciprocal effortless IVF at CARE Fertility, got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby girl in September.


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