A fertility specialist from the Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE Fertility) in Bedford, Texas, Dr. Kathy Doody, created the Effortless Reciprocal IVF allowing two women to be involved in the birth of their children.
Ashley, 28, and Bliss, 36, met six years ago and married in 2015. The couple wanted to have children. Bliss wanted a baby that was biologically hers without being pregnant.
The Effortless Reciprocal IVF consisted of fertilizing Bliss’ eggs with donor sperm in a lab. The fertilized embryo was then placed in Bliss’s body for five days before Ashley continued the pregnancy and gave birth to their baby.
This was “the first time where both of the mothers physically carried the baby,” explained Dr. Doody.
Both mothers described this advanced medical procedure as an “inestimable experience.”
“Knowing that we’re about to create [something] that’s biologically mine,” Bliss told ABC News. “My next thought, was what is he going to look like? What is he going to be like? Pretty much like every parent, but I was very excited that this was even possible. The moment he was born, I just thought to myself, ‘I felt like I was the most blessed person in the whole world’ because he was just perfect in every way.”
“When I look at him I get to see my wife,” Ashleigh said. “It is priceless.”