Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas announced it has delivered the first baby born in the United States to a mother who received a uterus transplant.
Time magazine reports the birth was a scheduled C-section and the baby boy was delivered healthy last month. The birth is a result of the hospital’s uterus transplant clinical trial, which was first announced in January 2016.
Women participating in the trial either were born without a uterus or have a uterus that doesn't function properly. To be eligible for the study, the women must be 20 to 35 years old and have healthy, normal ovaries.
Baylor will complete 10 uterus transplants as part of its first trial. Time reports the hospital has completed eight; at least three have failed. Baylor confirmed to Time there is another woman in the trial who is pregnant, using a living donor uterus.
— Baylor Scott & White (@bswhealth) December 1, 2017
As KERA reported in 2016, a similar trial in Sweden resulted in seven womb transplants and five live births. The team at Baylor will apply insights of those outcomes to this study, with special input from the researchers involved in the initial effort at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.
Doctors hope that womb transplants will enable as many as several thousand women born without a uterus to bear children.