In a first, a lesbian couple became proud parents to a baby boy that they both carried. Thirty-year-old Estefania and 27-year-old Azahara welcomed Derek Eloy in October.
While the egg that produced Derek was fertilised in Estefania’s womb, Azhara carried him for nine months, Metro reported.
The process started in March.
Estefania and Azahara used an innovative fertility treatment called INVOcell to conceive. In the treatment, a small capsule, about the size of a thumb, containing eggs and sperm is placed inside the vagina.
The fertilization process is similar to natural conception. The capsule was left for five days inside the vagina.
After the device was removed, the embryos were examined and selected before being transferred into Azahara’s uterus for further development.
Azahara then carried Derek for nine months before giving birth to the healthy boy via c-section on 30 October in Palma, Majorca.
The couple had to pay 5,489 USD for the treatment, including the medication.
A doctor from the team that made Derek’s birth possible explained, “The novelty in this process is that both could carry the embryo and share it for as long as needed.”
Derek is the first European baby born via INVOcell.