First US birth for woman with transplanted uterus occurs in Texas

Thanks to the Baylor University Medical Center, a Texas mother gave birth to history

Thanks to the Baylor University Medical Center, a Texas mother gave birth to history

In this undated photo, the first baby born as a result of a womb transplant in the US lies in the neonatal unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The hospital did not identify the woman, citing her privacy. In October 2016, the hospital said four women had received transplants but that three of the wombs had to be removed because of poor blood flow.

Researchers say they hope their findings to enable women to give birth to their own biological children.

A news conference was scheduled Monday to discuss the Dallas baby's birth.

The baby is now the ninth baby born in the world from a transplanted uterus, joining eight other babies successfully born from transplanted wombs in Sweden.

A womb transplant program at Baylor has been under way since a year ago, and surgeons there have completed eight in a medical trial of 10 transplants, according to Time.

There have been at least 16 uterus transplants worldwide, including one in Cleveland from a deceased donor that had to be removed because of complications.

Womb donors can be dead or alive, and the Baylor study aims to use some of both. The ones done in Sweden were from live donors, mostly from the recipients' mother or a sister.

The first attempted uterus transplant in the United States in February 2016 at the Cleveland Clinic in OH, from a deceased donor, failed because of a yeast infection.

It took months to ensure that the transplanted uterus would be functional and then many more to determine if the implanted embryo would prove viable, Dr. Tiffany Anthony said. A baby resulting from a uterine transplant would be delivered by cesarean section.

Doctors will remove the transplanted uterus after the first or second pregnancy because the mother can't stay on anti-rejection drugs indefinitely.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a statement Friday calling the Dallas birth "another important milestone in the history of reproductive medicine".

Experts agree results of the clinical trial could help women who are born without a uterus, lost their uterus or no longer possess function of the female organ.