Robert: Couple physically carry the same child, makes medical history

A couple in Texas have made history as the first couple to have both parties carry their child before birth.

Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter say they have always talked about having a baby, but at 37 years old, Bliss didn’t want to go through child birth. Through a friend, the two were introduced to a fertility specialist and were told about a process called Effortless Reciprocal IVF.

“Unlike traditional IVF, which requires several sonograms and monitoring appointments, the simplified system we use relies on no blood work and a single sonogram taken on the 10th day of the cycle. This sonogram will determine the patient’s trigger day and when the retrieval will take place,” says Effortless IVF Calgary.

The site continues, adding that the embryo is placed inside a device called a INVOcelland planted in the patient’s vagina, incubating for a period. After this time, it is then moved to a uterus.

“The decision for both of us to carry was our doctor’s idea,” Ashleigh explained. “We wanted to use Bliss’ eggs and (I would) carry. She suggested us to do the fertilization in Bliss’ body… we laughed and said: ‘Wow, so she will essentially be carrying the baby also.’”

The couple welcomed their son on June 4.

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