Ashleigh Coulter, 28, and her wife Bliss Coutler, 36, took turns carrying their baby boy and made medical history by being the first same-sex couple to carry a single baby.
Ashleigh and Bliss became the first same-sex couple to take turns physically carrying their baby’s embryo.
Bliss Coulter said in a phone interview that she has always wanted her own child but didn’t want to give birth to a child. She didn’t know anything like this existed.
Dr. Kathy Doody and her husband Kevin Doody, two fertility specialists at CARE Fertility Clinic in Bedford, Texas helped the Coulters when they decided to try Effortless Reciprocal In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
The procedure involves inserting an INVOcell device into the vagina during an incubation period. This device consists of the eggs and the sperm. The device, which is a small plastic capsule, was put into Bliss, allowing the egg to be fertilized. The capsule is then held in place with a small diaphragm and has holes that allow secretions to come out.
Dr. Doody explained that they harvest the egg by putting it with the sperm for five minutes and then place it directly into the vagina which works as a very good incubator.
The embryo was then removed from Bliss after 5 days and frozen.
Before inserting the embryo into Ashleigh, her body had to be prepared with hormones such as estrogen by mouth and progesterone injections. This procedure took about three weeks.
Ashleigh said that they placed the embryo in her body and did a blood test 10 days later and she was pregnant on the first try. Ashleigh then carried the baby for nine months.
Stetson Coulter was born in June 2018 without any complications and weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.