Jasmine Francis-Smith (28) gave birth to Otis by using an egg that was incubated by her 'wife' Donna (30) in a pioneering procedure known as 'shared motherhood'. The baby was born on September 30.
‘Now, one partner can incubate an egg for 18 hours before it is moved to the other. A new report finds that a lesbian couple carries a single baby in both of their wombs in the UK.
Earlier, the procedure could be performed only through artificial incubation, the Mail Online reported.
The couple hail from Colchester in Essex.
In the new procedure, an egg obtained from one woman is fertilized in a lab, then incubated for a day or so in one of the wombs, then transferred to the other womb for the remaining period of pregnancy till birth. In this case, Donna incubated the embryo for the first 18 hours following fertilization, before it was transferred to Jasmine.
The couple used donor sperm, though it was not known if they knew the donor. One benefit of the new technique is that fertilization takes place in a living environment rather than in a lab, which carries risks of its own.
A spokesman for the London Women's Clinic, where the procedure was conducted, said this not only allows both partners a "practical and emotional stake in the pregnancy but also provides the embryo with important nutrients and other components in a natural, maternal environment."