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In the Near Future: Uterus Transplants

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The New York Times November 13 print edition ran an article by Denise Grady that announced “Uterus Transplants May Soon Help Some Infertile Women in the U.S. Become Pregnant.” The Times considered the news so big that a press release came to my in-box.


It’s all going down at The Cleveland Clinic, where doctors expect to become the first in the US  to transplant a uterus into a woman who lacks one—whether due to congenital factors, injury, or illness. The procedure would eliminate the need for a gestational surrogate.

After giving birth to one or two children—by C-section—the woman receiving the transplanted uterus would have it removed so she can quit taking anti-rejection meds. An estimated 50,000 women in the United States might be candidates. Currently, eight have begun the screening process.

The transplant team would remove the uterus, cervix, and part of the vagina from …

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When Mother’s Day Never Comes

By Bioethics, Infertility 6 Comments

Often the worst day of the year for an infertile woman is Mother’s Day. On this holiday going to a house of worship can feel more like going to the house of mourning.

During the decade when my husband and I experienced infertility treatment, lost multiple pregnancies, and endured three failed adoptions, I found it difficult enough to see all the corsages on M-Day. But then the pastor asked mothers  to stand, and I remained conspicuously seated. Some years the worship leader would even call for the youngest mother to stand, and then he smiled awkwardly as a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old unmarried teen got to her feet. On such occasions I would sit wondering about God’s mysterious ways of supply and demand. Following most such services, each mother would receive a carnation as she headed out the door. But to exit she first had to answer “yes” to the question, …

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Infertility: One Couple’s Story

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On and off for the past 20 years or so, I’ve talked with Jeff Baxter, executive producer of Day of Discovery, about doing a show devoted to infertility. Last week, this arrived in my mail box with a note that said, “I think this program will resonate with you.” It did and does. But it’s not just for those experiencing infertility. It’s for anyone who has wrestled with longings and unanswered prayer.…

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