This Couple Underwent A Revolutionary Fertility Treatment
A same sex couple have made medical history as they have became the first women to deliver a baby that they both have carried. Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter now have a healthy five-month old son, Stetson after having revolutionary fertility treatment.
Eggs were taken from Bliss and fertilized with donor sperm in a laboratory, the embryo was then placed back inside her for the first five days as she acted as a incubator. It was pre-arranged that Bliss did not want to carry the child so it was transferred to Ashleigh.
When speaking about the history, Ashleigh said: “I was very much interested in having children, but Bliss was a little iffy on it.”
Bliss added: “I wanted a child that was biologically mine, but did not want to carry the child.” Typically, same-sex couple have children via a sperm donor with one woman carrying the baby, with the other adopting it.
But the couple from Mountain Springs, Texas both wanted to be involved and went to visit a fertility specialist Dr Kathy Doody in Bedford, who was recommended by a friend. She offered the couple Effortless Reciprocal IVF, which had never been used by two mothers previously.
It simply involved fertilizing an egg with donor sperm in an INVOcell capsule and then this is placed in a woman’s vagina which acts as an incubator.
Normally, the same woman would carry the embryo throughout the procedure, but because it was exchanged between Ashleigh and Bliss, Dr Doody believes it was the first of its kind.
Ashleigh said: “Bliss always jokes that she has golden eggs.” Before adding that she was “overwhelmed with joy” when Stetson was born in June weighing 8lb 4oz.
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