Skip 
Navigation Link
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Resources
Basic Information
Infant Development: How Your Baby Grows and MaturesInfant Parenting: Keeping Your Baby Healthy and HappyInfant Safety: Keeping Your Baby SafeInfant Enrichment: Stimulating Your Baby
More InformationLatest News
Health Tip: Baby's First ToothBreast Milk Combats Growth of Bad BacteriaHealth Tip: Addressing Your Child's Biting HabitPaid Family Leave Helps Keep Babies' Vaccines on Track: StudyMaking the Most of Your Baby's First 3 YearsC-Section Delivery Might Alter Newborn's 'Microbiome'New Healthy Drinks Guidelines for Kids: Skip the Soy, Avoid SugarsTreatment for Very-Preterm Infants May Lead to Antibiotic ResistanceSecrets to Soothing a Cranky Baby SafelyKids in Hot Cars: How to Prevent Heatstroke DeathsEvery Sudden Infant Death Deserves a Closer Look: ReportHow to Protect Your Baby Against EczemaBathing a Baby Less Scary Than It SoundsVulnerable Preemie Babies Often Behind On VaccinesTwins' Deaths in Hot Car Highlight a Preventable TragedySmog Could Land Newborns in Intensive CareHow to Protect Your Baby From Unsafe ProductsExtreme Eating Habits Could Be an Early Clue to AutismTongue, Lip Snip Surgeries May Be Overused in U.S. NewbornsIn a U.S. First, Baby Is Delivered From Womb Transplanted From Deceased DonorU.S. Cases of Infant Gut Illness Plummet After Vaccine IntroducedHealth Tip: Safe Sleep For BabiesAnother Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie BabiesSwallowing Toiletries, Makeup Sends Thousands of Kids to ER Each YearCommon Infant Vaccine May Also Shield Kids From Type 1 DiabetesFew Days of Formula Feeding After Delivery Won't Harm Breastfed BabiesNursing Moms Who Eat Right Have Slimmer, Healthier BabiesInfant Pain Heightened After Opioid Exposure in WombPutting Your Child to Sleep in a Car Seat Can Be DeadlySwallowed Batteries Should Be Removed to Avoid Stomach Damage: StudyHealth Tip: Physical Milestones at Age OneWhat to Do When Your Child Throws a FitLow Birth Weight Babies a Worldwide ProblemQuieter NICUs a Good Rx for Premature BabiesHow to Soothe Baby's Teething Pain SafelyHow to Protect Your Child From ChokingNearly 700,000 Infant Rocking Sleepers Recalled Due to Infant DeathsBreast Milk Has Biggest Benefit for Preemies' Brains: StudyBabies Still Dying Due to Unsafe Sleep PracticesHealth Tip: Choosing a Car SeatHot-Car Deaths Hit Record High in 2018Newborn's 'Microbiome' Could Give Clues to Weight LaterKids' ER Visits for Swallowing Toys, Foreign Objects Have Doubled Since 1990sHealth Tip: Treating an Infant's FeverPediatricians' Group Calls for Recall of 'Rock 'n Play' Sleeper After Infant DeathsPreventing Kids' Food Allergies Starts in InfancyTen Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play SleepersBaby-Led Eating: A Healthier ApproachIs That Medication Safe When Breastfeeding?Fussy Baby May Raise Mom's Risk of Depression
Links
Related Topics

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Parenting
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)
Child Development & Parenting: Middle (8-11)

In a U.S. First, Baby Is Delivered From Womb Transplanted From Deceased Donor

HealthDay News
by -- E.J. Mundell
Updated: Jul 9th 2019

new article illustration

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic announced that they've achieved a first in North America: delivering a baby from a uterus that had been transplanted from a deceased donor.

The healthy baby girl was delivered by C-section in June. This is only the second time such a delivery has happened worldwide, the first having occurred in Brazil in December.

"We couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Everything went wonderfully with the delivery, the mother and baby girl are doing great," Dr. Uma Perni, a Cleveland Clinic maternal-fetal medicine specialist, said in a hospital news release.

Perni stressed that "it's important to remember this is still research. The field of uterus transplantation is rapidly evolving, and it's exciting to see what the options may be for women in the future."

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the baby's mother required a uterus transplant due to a condition called uterine factor infertility, which affects about one in every 500 women of childbearing age.

The unnamed woman was in her mid-30s when she joined an ongoing clinical trial at Cleveland Clinic, exploring the possibility of uterus transplant to help her bear a child.

In late 2017, the patient underwent transplant surgery and received a uterus from a deceased donor. In late 2018, she conceived through in vitro fertilization, her medical team said.

"It was amazing how perfectly normal this delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion," said Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon Dr. Andreas Tzakis.

"Through this research, we aim to make these extraordinary events ordinary for the women who choose this option. We are grateful to the donor and her family," Tzakis added. "Their generosity allowed our patient's dream to come true and a new baby to be born."

Specialists from many departments collaborated on the effort: transplant surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, fertility, neonatology, bioethics, psychiatry, nursing, anesthesiology, infectious disease, interventional radiology, patient advocacy and social work.

The baby's delivery is expected to be just the first of many, the Cleveland Clinic team said. So far, five uterus transplants have already been completed.

"Three transplants were successful and two resulted in hysterectomies," the clinic said. "Currently, two women are awaiting embryo transfers, while several more candidates are listed for transplant."

The clinic said their program seeks to eliminate risks to living donors by only sourcing the transplanted uterus from a deceased donor.

More information

The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more on female infertility.