Wow -- I thought the story of the grandmother who gave birth to her own grandson after serving as a surrogate for her daughter was pretty amazing -- which is why I'm pretty blown away by the two successful mother-to-daughter uterus transplants that were performed in Sweden.
Doctors there have just given two women in their 30s the hope of getting pregnant and giving birth to their own children -- by literally giving them their mothers' own wombs. (Yes, their MOTHERS' own WOMBS.) One of the women was born without a uterus, and the other lost hers to cervical cancer.
And while this is definitely one of the most beautiful demonstrations of mothers having unconditional love for their children, the thought of being implanted with a uterus that belonged to your own mother kind of makes my head spin. I mean, how surreal would it be to conceive and carry around a baby for nine months in the same exact womb that you were once carried in -- while it was in your mother's body?
And even though if these women do become pregnant, the babies will be biologically theirs, it just seems tough to get over the fact that they will be born out of the same womb -- which sort of makes them like siblings instead of children. (Again, my head is spinning.)
But if anyone knows just how special it is to be pregnant, it's the two moms who were willing to donate their wombs to their daughters. They could've easily refused or offered to be surrogates instead, but they must have known that experiencing pregnancy is something that simply cannot be replaced.
They say there is really no limit to a mother's love, and if anyone can attest to that, it's these four women for sure. And regardless of whether or not they actually conceive, I'm sure both of these daughters will be eternally grateful to their mothers for loving them enough to give them the chance of being moms themselves.
Would you let your mother donate her uterus to you, or would you donate yours to your own daughter?
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