Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
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Moms Carried the Same Baby for the First Time Ever

Moms Carried the Same Baby for the First Time Ever

Two Texas mothers each carried their "miracle baby" because of a medical advance that allowed them to do what they thought was otherwise impossible.

"We were just talking one night at home and I said, 'You know, I think we could use this for a same-sex couple, '" Dr. Kathy recalled.

INVOcell is basically a form of IVF, but instead of the egg being fertilized in a lab, the egg and sperm are put in a small vial that's inserted into a woman's vagina, along with a diaphragm to ensure it stays in place, according to a 2012 study that outlines the procedure.

"The moment he was born, I just thought to myself, 'I felt like I was the most blessed person in the whole world because he is just flawless in every way", Bliss says.

The Doody's then waited for the optimum time before implanting them into Ashleigh's body.

"We anxious that he wouldn't connect to me because he has [Bliss'] DNA", Ashleigh says. The embryos were frozen and then one was transferred to Ashleigh.

Ashleigh and Bliss started researching to find a way for both of them to participate in the bringing a child into the world. That's why it ended up costing them nearly 50% less than what it takes for a traditional IVF.

The Coulters used a method called reciprocal effortless in vitro fertilization (IVF), in which the eggs are harvested and introduced to sperm in a capsule called an INVOcell device.

While Bliss wanted a baby that was biologically her, she didn't want to get pregnant.


"It turns out, not surprisingly, that the woman's own body is a very good incubator". "We have livers, kidneys, and lungs so we're able to provide those same services to the embryo more naturally". Bliss and Ashleigh were married in 2016. In this case, however, the couple's doctor took advantage of INVOcell's unique design to let both mothers in on the pregnancy process.

"She got to carry him for five days and was a big part of the fertilization, and then I carried him for nine months", Ashleigh said.

They are now parents to a healthy, five-month-old boy named Stetson.

The process is called "Reciprocal IVF".

'So that made it really special for the both of us - that we were both involved.

"I think it opens up new avenues, new choices for same-sex couples", Kathy said. She said, Image source " It was so exciting knowing that I was growing my own biological child inside of me".

Typically, the procedure can cost $30,000, but the procedure for the Coulters worked out to be less than half that.

Since Stetson's birth, another same-sex couple in Texas chose reciprocal effortless IVF at CARE Fertility and delivered a baby girl in September.

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