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A British couple announced the birth of the world's first "two-womb" baby.
Donna and Jasmine Francis-Smith, a lesbian couple living in England, announced the birth of Otis. The child was born following an IVF procedure where an egg incubated by Donna was used for the implanting procedure and then carried to term by Jasmine, as reported by The Telegraph.
The London Women's Clinic, which offered the IVF service, believed Otis to be the first child born in the world to a couple where both partners were physically a part of the pregnancy.
"You get a lot of same-sex couples where one person is doing the whole thing, and the one person is getting pregnant and giving birth, whereas with this we're both involved in a massive way," Donna told The Telegraph. "It's definitely brought us closer together emotionally. We're a close couple anyway, but we both have a special bond with Otis as well, which was helped by the way we've done it."
Donna said the fertilized egg was put back into her own body for about 18 hours before being moved to Jasmine's body.
The child was born September 30, but the birth was announced publicly this week.
The couple says Otis has been a happy child. "He's really good - he's just chilling out," Donna said. "He's a really good boy."
Jasmine said more than medical feat of a two-womb pregnancy, she was just pleased she and Donna were able to have the child.
"We're really fortunate that this was our first go at IVF, but the reality is that it doesn't work first time for a lot of people," she told the newspaper.
Jasmine told the BBC the intense process "emotionally brought us closer together. We are a true family."
The procedure, while conducted in London, used a technology developed in Switzerland. In vivo natural fertilization was pioneered by Swiss firm Anecova, according to the BBC.