UK lesbian couple become first parents with shared motherhood technique

London/New Delhi, Dec 5: A lesbian couple in the UK has become the first parents in the world to deliver a baby that was carried in the wombs of both, a media report said.

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.

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 fertilised 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 fertilisation, before it was transferred to Jasmine.

(IANS)

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