In this undated photograph provided by Penn Medicine, Jennifer and Drew Gobrecht look at their baby, Benjamin, at home in Ridley Park, Pa. Jennifer gave birth in November 2019 following a uterine transplant.
Almost a dozen women have given birth after womb transplants in the US, but most received a uterus from living donors. "My husband and I have always wanted to grow our family, but we knew the limited options meant it might never happen".
There had only been one other baby born in the United States from a deceased donor womb. "Now, here we are with our handsome baby boy, Benjamin Thomas Gobrecht", she said.
"Everything we went through peaked for him and it was flawless our little miracle", she said.
There have been about 70 uterus transplants performed worldwide.
Doctors from Penn Medicine made the announcement Thursday. Most transplant programs only accept from living donors, according to Penn.
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Some medical ethicists and transplant experts have expressed concerns about uterine transplants, questioning whether the benefit justifies the risk.
Gobrecht enrolled in Penn Medicine's UNTIL trial and received a uterus from a deceased donor, which enabled her to become pregnant through IVF.
"Uterus transplantation is the only way to parenthood with which these women can carry their own pregnancies", she said.
Penn said trial participants will be followed for five to 10 years, from in vitro fertilization through long-term follow-up after delivery. She was told by her physician that she had the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome- a condition that affects the reproductive system of women. Jennifer learned the news at 17, and just a few years later, she met her future husband, Drew. "I know that one day I will be someone's mother", she said.
Benjamin was born via Cesarean section in November.
The mother of the child who is from Pennsylvania is said to have been born with an underdeveloped uterus.