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Groundbreaking ‘Womb Transplants’ Allow Transgender Women to ‘Have Their Own Babies’

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*Transgender women wanting to carrying a baby could do so sooner than expected after a successful ‘womb transplant‘ resulted in a healthy pregnancy in Brazil

The test subject at the center of the two-year-old case received the womb that was donated from a dead biologically female woman. Six weeks after the birth of her baby girl, she also started menstruating, according to a Yahoo report.

It was a major moment for fertility scientists, and many have since pushed for womb transplantation for trans women. 

Inglefield, founder of the London Transgender Clinic, told The Mirror, “This pioneering birth is extremely important for any trans female who would like to carry her own child. Because once the medical community accept this as a treatment for cis women with uterine infertility, such as congenital absence of a womb, then it would be illegal to deny a trans female who has completed her transition.

“There are clearly anatomical boundaries when it comes to trans women but these are problems I believe can be [overcome] and the transplant into a trans female is essentially identical to that of a cis female.”

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But how does the science of it all actually work, and how it relates to IVF treatment? 

The article says “Supplemental hormones could be taken to replicate the changes that occur in the body when a woman is pregnant.”

The Yahoo report goes on to note that “This groundbreaking new transplant surgery also gives hope to cisgender females with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (which sees the body fail to develop a functioning uterus that could carry a child, or have a menstrual cycle). It’s believed to affect around 1 in 4,500 women.”

“The most important step is the harvesting from the donor, as great care is required to avoid damage to the arteries and veins supplying the uterus,” said Dr. Inglefield. “The ‘plumbing in’ is straight forward: donor vessels are connected to the pelvic artery and veins which are the same in both males and females.”

He went on to explain, “With a uterus transplant in a trans female, the neovaginal would be opened at the pelvic end to accept the donor womb, and the same procedure is used in a cis female transplant, with the donor uterus being attached to the native vagina.”

Inglefield says it’s unlikely a trans woman will ever be able to give birth naturally –  as a Caesarian section is the safest choice. 

The womb transplant in Brazil was the first case resulting in the birth of a healthy baby. To date, there have reportedly been 39 similar surgeries carried out across the world, resulting in the birth of 10 other babies.

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Jodie Turner-Smith Opens Up About 4-Day Labor Journey: ‘I Was Fatigued’

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*Jodie Turner-Smith is opening up about her four day labor experience at her Los Angeles home in April.

In an essay for the September issue of British Vogue, the actress reflects on her pregnancy journey and welcoming her first child, a daughter, with actor Joshua Jackson.

“Every stage of my pregnancy brought its own challenges and lessons,” she  said. “Nobody really teaches you about what your body goes through to bring a child into the world until you’re actually doing it.”

Turner-Smith and Jackson opted for a home birth amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to the “negative birth outcomes for Black women in America.”

“We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for Black women in America — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than three times greater for Black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism,” she says.

READ MORE: Jodie Turner-Smith Welcomes First Child, a Girl, with Husband Joshua Jackson

“We never imagined that in the coming weeks, hospitals around the country would begin restricting who could be present in the birthing rooms, forcing mothers to deliver without the support person or people of their choice,” she explained. “Delivering at home ensured that I had what every single woman deserves to have: full agency in determining my birth support.”

Turner-Smith says she spent nearly four days in labor in late April.

“Early in the morning on my third day of labour, my husband and I shared a quiet moment. I was fatigued and beginning to lose my resolve. Josh ran me a bath, and as I lay in it contracting, I talked to my body and I talked to my daughter,” she shared. “In that moment, he snapped a picture of me. An honest moment of family and togetherness — a husband supporting a wife, our baby still inside me, the sacred process of creating a family.”

The “Queen & Slim” star then praised her husband for supporting her throughout the pregnancy. 

“It made me realize how lucky and privileged I am to have a partner willing to follow me around the world, supporting me while I did my job,” she wrote. 

“Both of us had watched our own mothers struggle to raise children without such support. Both of us were determined to create something for ourselves,” she said of Jackson. “He kept saying to me, ‘There’s no part of this that I’m going to miss.’ “

Now, the new mother is thinking about her daughter’s future.

“Sometimes I wonder how I will explain to my daughter what it meant to be born in the year 2020. The historic events, the social unrest, and me — a new mother just trying to do her best,” she said. “I think I will tell her that it was as if the world had paused for her to be born. And that, hopefully it never quite returned to the way it was before.”

Read her full essay here

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Rohan Marley Apologizes to Daughter After She Opens Up About Having ‘Daddy Issues’

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*Rohan Marley has apologized to his daughter Selah for ‘any contributions’ his ‘arguing’ with her mother Lauryn Hill – coupled with his absence- may have had in her life. 

Selah, 21, criticized her parents in a Instagram Live stream on Monday (August 10), during which she opened up about the “trauma” she endured as a child with her “angry” mother and daddy issues.  At one point, she tells fans that she would Google what it was like to have a father. 

“Honestly guys, I’m just hurting. I can’t even front that I’m not,” she said. “I’ve been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I’m really hurting just from the circumstances.” 

Rohan, the son of Bob Marley, is apologizing for his behavior via a statement released through his rep, Hollywoodlife.com reports.  “Selah’s expression on Instagram is a healing process for her,” he said. “I’m very happy that she is fearless in her expression.”

“I love her very much and do apologize for any contributions I may have added by arguing in front of her as a child,” he continued in the statement. “I’ve grown as a man, a spiritual being and a father. I am constantly growing and will teach my children to always take the higher road in any disagreements.  I will be there for her no matter how many hours, days, months or years it will take. I will be the best Dad that I can be. One Love.”

READ MORE: Daughter of Lauryn Hill Details ‘Daddy Issues’ and ‘Spankings’ by Her ‘Angry’ Mother [VIDEO]

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Selah followed up with an Instagram Live chat on Aug. 11, in which she defended her parents from critics.

“My mother is a human, she’s not a perfect person but I’m not going to feed off all the negativity,” she said. “In the past 10 years she’s healed so much and I’ve watched her evolve and the same thing with my father. I mean he did some BS lately but my father, he’s healing as well. I came on and saw how the media misconstrued what I said, that is why I came on live it was a one dimensional narrative.”

She also explained that she’s now very close with her mom.

“Me and my mother are very close. She’s texting me as we speak,” she said. “Anger is a secondary emotion for sadness. I think for me growing up, remember I grew up with all brothers, so I’m like we’re fighting, we are fighting so I just learned how to be tough, I was always tough. So now coming back I’m learning how to cry again. Learning how to forgive is a big one, learning how to love, learning how to not be angry. And what I’m even learning now is how many walls I put up.”

Lauryn and Rohan dated from 1996 until 2008 and have five kids together. Lauryn also has a child from another relationship.

Scroll up and watch Selah share her story via the YouTube clip above. 

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Kandi Burruss Opens Up About Feeling ‘Guilty’ for Using Surrogate

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*Kandi Burruss says she struggled with guilt for using a surrogate for her daughter Blaze, who she and husband Todd Tucker welcomed in November. 

“We were just trying to figure out like, okay, should we do this? How can you trust somebody with your most precious possession, your most precious gift … somebody that you barely know?” the singer says in the latest episode of Parents magazine’s We Are Family podcast, per PEOPLE.

“But now that it’s all said and done, I wouldn’t change a thing. It was the best decision that we could have made,” adds Burruss. 

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star also shares 4½-year-old son Ace with Tucker, and she has a 17-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. 

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During the interview, Burruss shared some of the questions she and Todd had during the process.

” ‘Are we supposed to talk to her on a regular basis?’ ‘Do we not talk to her?’ ” Burruss says. “We just didn’t really know about how much communication we should have. … I [didn’t] want to seem annoying. But she always made us feel at ease. She always let us know that we never called too much [and] never was bothered by us reaching out. She always volunteered information — she’s like, ‘Oh, I’m feeling a bump today,’ or ‘Oh, this happened.’ “

 

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Burruss also revealed that some of her family members had plenty to say about her using a surrogate, with one asking if she was “concerned [whether she was] going to have a bond with [her] child.”

“It really hurt my feelings because you already know it’s a hard decision to make, to go through a surrogate. But then you’re making me feel bad because you’re saying that I’m not even going to have a bond with my baby … being a woman who has birthed my previous children, [that] automatically was a concern of mine,” she says. “Like, will me and Blaze have the same connection? So I didn’t need somebody else chiming in saying that.”

She went on to note, “If you are a woman who is having physical issues, you may or may not share those with everyone,” she says. “[People] come up with all these [reasons] to [assume] why you need a surrogate.”

“But what I will say is when Blaze got here, I didn’t feel any less of a connection than I have with my previous children,” Burruss adds. “I still feel super bonded when I come in the room. Blaze lights up — her smile is so huge when I walk in there — so it’s still this same love, the same connection.”

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