Courtesy of Baylor Scott & White Health

Baylor Scott & White celebrates special birthday miracle, spreads hope to women

by FWD>DFW | April 14, 2019

A little over a year ago in February 2018, Baylor Scott & White Health welcomed the birth of their second baby delivered by transplanting a womb. It’s one of the many ways their research and innovation are positively impacting the health and wellness of D-FW — and beyond — while offering hope to women struggling with uterine factor infertility.

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor University Medical Center first began work on the initial phase of their uterus transplant clinical trial in 2016. Since then, they’ve had successful transplantations and have celebrated the first two successful live births in the country.

The first birth was in December 2017 — and that infant was featured on Time magazine’s January 2019 cover about the future of babies.

They have now started a second phase of the uterus transplant clinical trial and will transplant another 10 women who experience uterine factor infertility.

Observations from the first phase of the trial have provided a greater understanding of transplantation and supporting medical disciplines that the second phase of the trial will build upon, Baylor said.

Dr. Giuliano Testa, chief of abdominal transplantation at Baylor and principal investigator for the trial, told The Dallas Morning News that the procedure is potentially more ethical than surrogacy, in which someone other than the mother assumes the risk of pregnancy.

“Some of us think this is the most natural option if you want really to have your own genetic self given to your kids,” he said.

So far, approximately 1,000 potential recipients and 400 potential donors have contacted Baylor to participate in the trials.

For Baylor, the amazing response from the public is second only to the joy they experienced with the birth of the two uterine transplant babies.

But, they know their work is far from over — and this next phase of the study could help them bring more miracles into the world.

Phase two is still enrolling both recipients and donors. If you’re interested to know more about participation, you can contact them here.

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