National Public Radio reported on this transplant in 2014 – I caught up with the article in August of last year: Uterine Transplants… A New Day has Dawned. At that time, the family did not want to be identified. Now that the baby is thriving they are revealing their identity and heralding the success of the transplant.
If I wanted to be rude and snarky I could pose the question if Ms Eriksson is the poster child for womb transplants like Angelina Jolie was for mastectomies. How is it that our reproductive organs became separate from the health of our body. How did they become expendable? Yes, I understand the hope for couples who are infertile – but this is a solution and the beginning of being dragged down a dangerous path.
I am hoping that those of you who follow this blog – also know that heralding success – also means marketing for new procedures for profit. it also means that women are losing the last bastion of their power – and that is the ability to bring life into the world unassisted.
In January of 2015 The Atlantic reported on researchers pursuing the new frontier of the bio-engineered womb. This is stemming from high rates of infertility and miscarriages. How much have environmental factors and endocrine disrupting chemicals affected this? What road will we be lead down next? How much more profit will be made off our bodies?
What is left of being a woman?
Swedish woman ‘recycles’ her mother’s womb
October 8, 2016
A Swedish woman has given birth to a son using the womb of her own mother. Emelie Eriksson, 30, was born without a womb and thought that she would never be able to have a child of her own. But when she learned of the pioneering work of Swedish doctor Matts Brannstrom, she realized that it might be possible. Brannstrom is the only doctor in the world to conducted successful womb transplants. So far, five of his patients have given birth.
Her mother Marie, who is 53, volunteered to help her. She told her daughter, “’I’m so old, I don’t need my womb and I don’t want any more children. This is your only chance to have a child and you should take it’.”
This means that Marie’s uterus carried both her daughter and her grandson.
The birth took place in 2014 after an embryo was created with IVF. Ms Eriksson decided to share the story to encourage other women who have problems with fertility.