A lesbian couple have become the first parents to carry a baby in both of their wombs through a revolutionary IVF procedure.
Jasmine Francis-Smith, aged 28, gave birth to her son Otis using an egg that was implanted by the London Women’s Clinic after it was first incubated by her wife, Donna, 30.
More than 100 babies have been born to lesbian couples using artificial incubation, but this is a world first procedure called “shared motherhood” in which both parents contribute.
Donna, 30, who is a British Army officer, told The Telegraph: “We’re overwhelmed to be honest, it’s blown up massively.
“You get a lot of same-sex 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.”
During the treatment one partner contributes and incubates the egg, and the other carries the foetus
Jasmine, 28, gave birth on Sept 30 in Colchester, Essex, where the family live and the couple said that the procedure made them feel “equal in the whole process”
Jasmine said: “The Anecova procedure has really made me and Donna feel equal in the whole process and has emotionally brought us closer together, we are a true family. If we had to go through the process again there is nothing we would change.”
Doctors claim it is the first time a baby had been grown in two wombs.
Nick Macklon, medical director at the London hospital where Otis was born said: “This is the first time this has been done. It’s very exciting because it means that for lesbian couples wanting to have babies together both of them can be involved in actively creating the embryo and then creating the baby.”
Advocates of the procedure, say the procedure gives both partners a practical and emotional stake in the pregnancy.
They also claim it provides the embryo with additional nutrients.
Anecova is a Swiss medical device company based at the EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne.
The couple tied the knot in April last year after meeting in 2014 through online dating.