Earlier this year a 25-year-old Swedish woman born without reproductive organs announced plans to have her 56-year-old mom’s womb transplanted into her so she could try to have a baby of her own.
Now comes word that a 34-year-old Australian women will also undergo a womb transplant after her mom agreed to donate hers, according to the Daily Telegraph.
So, is attempting to give birth in the very same womb where you resided in utero the new trend?
Melinda Arnold was also born without a womb, but she does have ovaries that produce eggs. After two failed attempts to use her mom as a surrogate, and after she was unsuccessful at adopting, she decided to try for the transplant.
If the surgery works, she will need to wait a year before attempting a pregnancy through IVF.
As with the Swedish woman who planned to receive her mom’s womb, there something’s sweet and yet also vaguely creepy to me about using the uterus that housed you to give birth to your own child.
I’m not knocking the procedure, particularly since the desire to reproduce can be overwhelming — particularly when you want to do it and can’t. It’s just feels a little too close for comfort for my taste. Then again, I just gave birth for the second time using all of my own organs. Who knows how I’d feel had that not been possible.
What do you think about a woman giving birth using her mom’s womb? Kinda cool? Kinda weird?