2 Nov, 2023 @ 14:00
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Miracle baby: Lesbian couple in Spain are first in Europe to give birth to child they BOTH carried

A SPANISH lesbian couple have become the first in Europe to give birth to a baby they both carried. 

Derek, weighing 3.3kg, was born in the Hospital Juaneda Miramar de Mallorca on Monday, October 30. 

He is the first European baby born through INVOcell, a technique which allows two women to carry a baby. 

His mothers, Azahara, 27, and Estefania, 30, worked with doctors Gustavo Carti and Miriam Mateos from Juaneda Fertility to become mothers. 

The proud mothers, their son Derek and the doctors behind the ‘miracle baby’. Photo: Juaneda Hospitals

Also known as ‘reciprocal effortless IVF’, the technique starts like traditional IVF, with egg production and retrieval from the mothers. 

Then, the egg is combined with donor sperm. The egg is subsequently transferred to a device known as an ‘invocell’ and placed inside one of the mother’s bodies, below the cervix, to allow for fertilisation. 

The embryos are then removed and frozen, until the other mother is prepared to carry the baby through hormone injections. 

The second mother carries the embryo in her uterus for the next nine months and ultimately gives birth to the baby. 

For Azahara and Estefania, the process began in March this year, when Estefania hosted the egg fertilisation. 

Then, Azahara carried Derek for nine months, giving birth to a healthy baby boy on Monday. 

They told ABC: “Thanks to this technique, we can say we both carried our baby. That is really special.” 

INVOcell technology was first used in Texas in 2018 to allow lesbian couple Bliss and Ashleigh Coulter to carry their son, Stetson.  


Yzabelle Bostyn

After spending much of her childhood in Andalucia and adulthood between Barcelona and Latin America, Yzabelle has settled in the Costa del Sol to put her NCTJ & Journalism Masters to good use. She is particularly interested in travel, vegan food and has been leading the Olive Press Nolotil campaign. Have a story? email [email protected]

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