For the second time, in the U.S., a uterus transplant baby was born. Um, what? Yes, you read that right. A baby was born after a woman had a uterus transplant. So you say you’ve heard of heart transplants, lung transplants and kidney transplants — but a uterus transplant? It’s a real thing and thanks to modern medicine it’s giving women the chance to give birth naturally.

The new mama, who is not revealing her identity right now, suffers from Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome. Women with this syndrome are born without a uterus. Obviously, for most women born with MRKH pregnancy and childbirth is not an option.

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But doctors at the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas are helping women who have absolute uterine factor infertility (AUI) overcome the odds and have babies. AUI is a diagnosis in which the woman either has no uterus or has a uterus that does not function. Baylor’s uterus transplant clinical trial is helping hopeful mamas with AUI to do something that’s almost unbelievable — carry and give birth to their own children. And this doesn’t just apply to women with MRKH. Women who have had hysterectomies, due to cancer and other medical conditions, may also be able to benefit from this amazingly awesome treatment.

The first successful uterus transplant that resulted in a pregnancy happened last year. In February, of this year, a second mother gave birth following the transplant procedure. This follows several promising trials in Europe. Eight births resulted from uterine transplants in Sweden, performed at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.

Would you consider a uterine transplant if it was the only way that you could conceive? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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—Erica Loop

 

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