Entries in Uterus (2)


Woman Delivers Twins from Two Uteruses

File illustration. Siri Stafford/Thinkstock(TAMPA)  -- A Florida woman gave birth to twins, Natalie and Nathan Barbosa, Sept. 15, but the newborns were born from their mother’s two uteruses, according to ABC affiliate WFTS.

Andrea Barbosa, 24, has a rare condition called didelphys — also called double uterus — that affects about one in 2,000 women worldwide, doctors at Morton Plant Hospital said.

“I was shocked to learn I had a baby in each uterus,” Barbosa said in a hospital news release.

Nathan was born at 36 weeks and weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces. His sister emerged two minutes later, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces.

The hospital said only about 100 women with this condition carry fetuses in two uteruses at the same time.  Experts estimated that only about one in 5 million such pregnancies succeed.

In the four percent of women who have reproductive abnormalities, five percent have a double uterus.  Of those women, only about 3 percent are likely to conceive one child in each uterus, and 1 percent of those who do conceive this way carry the babies to term.

Sarah Reinfelder of Michigan also, like Barbosa, defied those long odds in 2009 when she carried twin girls in both her uteruses.  The girls were born seven weeks premature. Reinfelder had previously miscarried another set of twins two years earlier, but later gave birth to a son.

“We know there’s a high rate of [problems] but it’s not known why,” Dr. Richard J. Paulson, chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, told ABC News after Reinfelder’s twins were born. “It’s not impossible, but it makes it more complex.”

Barbosa’s doctors said they took extra care throughout her pregnancy.

“Because we were aware of her condition, we were able to ensure that both mother and babies would be healthy,” said Dr. Patricia St. John, one of Barbosa’s doctors.

Barbosa, who also has a young daughter, said she’s grateful for the two extraordinary additions to her family.

“[M]y husband and I are just so happy that they are here and healthy,” she said.

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Daughter to Undergo Transplant of Mom's Womb

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Sara Ottoson, 25, of Stockholm, Germany, could be the first woman to give birth to a baby using the same womb in which she was conceived and carried to term.

Ottoson, who was born without a uterus, will undergo an experimental procedure to have her mother's uterus transplanted into her, according to a BBC News report.

"It's the only way my daughter can have a child by herself," Eva Ottoson, Sara's 56-year-old mother, told BBC News.  Eva Ottoson agreed to donate her uterus in hopes that her daughter could one day give birth.

Sara Ottoson has Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by an undeveloped or absent vagina, and an absent uterus.  The syndrome affects one out of nearly 5,000 births, according to the Magic Foundation.

Women who live with the syndrome generally adopt or undergo surrogacy to start a family.

"If it doesn't work, she's still going to adopt," said Eva Ottoson.

Researchers from Sweden approached the mother and daughter about undergoing the experimental procedure, she said.

Ottoson admitted she initially thought the procedure was bizarre.  But now, she and her daughter both see it as they would any other organ transplant.

While this is not the first attempt at a human uterus transplant, none have resulted in successful pregnancies.

"It'll be a challenge," said Dr. Charles Coddington, chairman of reproductive medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who is not involved in the Ottosons' case.  "It seems like even the animal techniques have not been totally worked out."

One of the most challenging parts of the procedure is connecting the tiny blood vessels of the ovary to the newly transplanted uterus, said Coddington.

Coddington said Eva Ottoson's age, and the age of her uterus, would not put her daughter at a higher risk for complications from the transplant.  But if Sara Ottoson were to carry the pregnancy to term, it's likely she would undergo a caesarean section.

The Ottosons are expected to undergo the transplant in spring 2012. 

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