Same sex couple give birth to a baby boy they both carried

Estefanía and Azahara are thrilled by the arrival of their son, Derek (Picture: Jam Press)

Estefanía and Azahara are thrilled by the arrival of their son, Derek (Picture: Jam Press)

A lesbian couple have become one of the first in the world to have a baby that they both carried.

Little Derek Eloy was born in October, to proud parents, Estefanía, 30, and Azahara, 27.

While Azhara carried her son for nine months, the egg that went onto produce him, was fertilised in Estefanía’s womb.

Estefanía, from Spain, said: ‘Now, I look at him, my partner and I look at each other, and we feel that it’s something that has been within both of us, something we’ve done together.’

Estefanía and Azahara went to a fertility clinic in March to begin the process.

They used an innovative fertility treatment called INVOcell to help bring Derek into the world – this is when a small capsule, about the size of a thumb, containing eggs and sperm is placed inside the vagina.

The embryo was transferred into Azahara’s uterus for further development (Picture: Jam Press)

This then allows for fertilisation in a way that is similar to natural conception.

It was Estefanía that had the treatment – which was left for five days.

After the device was removed, the embryos were examined and selected before being transferred into Azahara’s uterus for further development.

Azahara then carried Derek for nine months before giving birth to the healthy boy via c-section on 30 October in Palma, Majorca.

Innovative technology made the birth possible (Picture: Jam Press)

In total, the couple paid more than £4,400 (€5,000) for the treatment and the medication they had to take.

A doctor from the team that made Derek’s birth possible explained: ‘The novelty in this process is that both could carry the embryo and share it for as long as needed.’

Estefanía told local media: ‘It was a way for both of us to be able to carry him.

‘The idea that I could participate in this way and carry him in my womb was much more exciting.’

Baby Derek is doing well (Picture: Jam Press)

Derek is the first European baby born via INVOcell.

The technology – and treatments like it – are becoming more popular.

In 2019, British couple Donna and Jasmine Francis-Smith benefitted from ‘shared motherhood’ technology to have their son, Otis.

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