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Woman Donates Her Womb To Help Other Women Get Pregnant

Woman Donates Her Womb To Help Other Women Get Pregnant

An American woman Aprill Lane has donated her womb to help another woman get pregnant.

Shortly after giving out her uterus, the mother of five said it was not “a light decision” adding that a lot of things made the decision difficult.

Speaking with USA TODAY she said that recovery from the donation took a week. “I work full time,” Lane said “But I am the bus stop, the drop off, the pickup, the sports activity person. So we had to prepare for babysitters helping and we practiced (the kids) getting out of the car seats themselves because I wouldn’t be able to climb in the back to do it.”

According to Lane the decision to donate her uterus took a lot of planning because the kids’ schedules needed to be worked out.

She added that after much research and discussion with her husband, uterus donation, “felt like a perfect fit for us.”

The 39-year-old mother and her husband, Brian, tried to have a baby on their own for 4½ years. They were diagnosed with unexplained infertility.

“The emotional part is something I don’t think people quite understand,” Lane said. “It’s devastating, it’s difficult. And at times, debilitating. In your social groups you have friends who are progressing with their lives. They’re having a baby shower, then a first baby and then a second baby and so on, and you’re still living childless.”

She disclosed that they adopted their oldest son seven years ago. Shortly, after that Lane became pregnant with their second child, a boy, who is 13 months younger than his older brother. The family tried for a third child (using in vitro fertilization) and on her 10th cycle, Lane learned she was expecting twin daughters. Less than a year after giving birth to them, she delivered another daughter.

Aprill Lane said they endured more than four years of infertility before having their first child through adoption.

During her infertility, she sought out support groups. “I don’t think people quite understand (infertility) until you live it,” she said. She eventually ran her own support groups.

Lane formed a foundation in 2010 called AGC Scholarships, a nonprofit group that gives away funding for IVF treatments, donor egg donation, adoption and other avenues toward becoming a parent. The group has given away a quarter of a million dollars in funding to 51 individuals and had 37 babies born since 2014, Lane said.

“But I still felt there was more I could do,” she said.

It was gathered that Lane is one of only 15 women to donate her uterus at Baylor.

Her husband had told her: “I don’t know if I could deal with you throwing up for nine months if the baby is not coming home with us.”

She heard about uterus donation through her scholarship foundation. Lane, who works for a bio-tech company, asked Baylor to send her peer-reviewed research about hysterectomies since her donation and transplant would be the 15th. She also asked the medical center to connect her with another uterus donor.

She asked the donor how soon she was able to get back to work; how soon she was able to pee on her own.

Satisfied, Lane underwent the surgery, but admitted you never know “what is going to happen in 20 years.”

The hospital Baylor covers the cost of the surgery as part of its clinical trial and will pay for after-care recovery housing, although it doesn’t pay for transportation.

Lane spent five days in the hospital and two more at a hotel in Dallas before she flew home.

She was forbidden from lifting heavy objects for eight weeks, difficult for any mom of small children.

Lane said, helping someone conceive pays forward the love that the support community showed her when she was experiencing her own infertility trauma.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the success we had after our infertility and adoption seven years ago. We thought we were going to live childless,” she said. “So giving back to the community that was supportive of us is healing for me personally and healing for our family.”

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