Same-sex couple both carried baby in medical first

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A same-sex couple may have made history as they both shared the experience of carrying the same baby.

"You know your whole life changes obviously with anybody when they have a baby so leaning on your partner I think is really, really important and I definitely think it brought us closer together", Ashleigh said.

"I knew that I wanted to have a child that was biologically mine but I didn't want to carry my child", Bliss said.

"She was so confident when she was saying that they can do it", Ashleigh said.

"We anxious that he wouldn't connect to me because he has (Bliss') DNA", Ashleigh told the New York Post. Once this was complete, they placed the egg into Bliss' cervix to incubate and form an embryo.

It started with the stimulation of Bliss's ovaries and the egg harvest. That's why it ended up costing them nearly 50% less than what it takes for a traditional IVF.

The method is called Effortless Reciprocal IVF.

Kathy explained that Bliss's body naturally "got the embryo off to an early start" because, "not surprisingly", a woman's body "is a very good incubator".

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Because embryos don't have livers, kidneys or lungs, traditionally, electromechanical devices like incubators are used in labs to remove toxins and try to maintain a supportive environment for the embryo.

The embryo was then removed and placed in Ashleigh's uterus.

While Ashleigh wanted to be a mother for as long as she could remember, Bliss wasn't as interested in the concept. In layman's terms, the process allowed Bliss to carry the embryo for five days as it formed, and that embryo was then transplanted into Ashleigh, who carried the child, a son named Stetson, to term. The couple got pregnant on their first try.

The couple says that even though Stetson, now nearly 5 months old, only has Bliss' DNA, he's got a bit of both of them in his personality: "He's loud, just like me", Ashleigh says with a laugh.

How does Reciprocal Effortless IVF work?

"She got to be a part of it, and I got to be a part of it". "There's not a lot of same-sex couples that can say that, which is really really big and special to us".

Dr Kathy said she hopes her and Dr Kevin's efforts will 'open up new avenues, new choices for same sex parents'.

Since Ashleigh's delivery, a second same-sex couple in North Texas chose reciprocal effortless IVF at CARE Fertility, got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby girl in September.

And it cost the Coulters about half of the approximately $15,000 that other IVF procedures can cost, the savings coming from using the human body as the incubator instead of expensive lab equipment.