The first baby in the U.S. born from a uterus transplant is here

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For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a part of Baylor Scott & White.

“We’ve been preparing for this moment for a very long time,” says Dr. Liza Johannesson, an ob-gyn and uterus transplant surgeon at Baylor. “I think everyone had tears in their eyes when the baby came out. I did for sure.” The woman and her husband asked that their identity not be revealed in order to protect their privacy.

The birth took place at Baylor — the first birth in the hospital’s ongoing uterus transplant clinical trial. Women who participate in the trial have what’s called absolute uterine factor infertility (AUI), which means their uterus is nonfunctioning or nonexistent. Most of the women in the trial have a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome — and have lived their entire lives under the assumption that they would never be able to be pregnant or give birth to a baby. The procedure could also work for women with other medical issues, such as certain cancers.

“We do transplants all day long,” says Dr. Giuliano Testa, the leader of the uterus transplant clinical trial at Baylor, and surgical chief of abdominal transplant for Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute. “This is not the same thing. I totally underestimated what this type of transplant does for these women. What I’ve learned emotionally, I do not have the words to describe.”

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Corey Bryant serves as Director of Communications for The Alliance.
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  1. Mandy  March 8, 2019

    I want to donate mine. Completely serious. I don’t want it and if someone else does that would be great! Where do I find more information about this donation?

    • Corey Bryant  March 8, 2019

      Hi Mandy,
      The transplant team at Baylor University Medical Center, who recently presented in our webinar on uterine transplantation, is currently conducting clinical trials. You may contact them about participation here: There may also be additional programs that we are unaware of, so be sure to research other centers that may offer a living uterine donor program.


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