Child bearing is an achievement and this is one of the things that makes a proud mother. Going through the nine months of pregnancy and the labor of birthing a child is not an easy task. Little wonder, we can’t compare the love of a mother to that of anyone else. Every minute, about 251 lives are brought into the world so every mother should congratulate themselves for the journey thus far and giving birth to their adorable baby.
Every mother should see herself as being lucky to be a part of those that contributed to the approximated number of lives being welcomed every minute. Also, every mother should see her baby as the most adorable and the best baby in the world. This wouldn’t have been the story of a 37 years old woman, Malin Stenberg who almost didn’t experience motherhood.
Malin Stenberg was diagnosed of Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) at the age of fifteen. This syndrome is also called vaginal or Mullerian agenesis. This means that her uterus and vagina failed to develop. This really affected the young Stenberg who had always dreamt of becoming a mother. Stenberg’s words of reaction are quoted as follows, “I wasn’t ready to hear it; I couldn’t take it in. I thought that this means that I’ll never be able to carry a child of my own – but that is what women are made for. It felt so unfair. I loved kids and babies, and I wanted to know what I had done to deserve this. I felt so alone. Stenberg accepted it as her fate and concluded that being a mother wasn’t part of her achievements in life.
She continued with her life and at some point, she met a golfer who was 40 years old. Stenberg discussed her child-bearing issues with him and he didn’t assent to the idea of not becoming a father. They tried various ways of parenting like surrogacy and adoption but later, got to know about a latest method that has not yet been fully experimented. Stenberg also took part in this latest experiment.
She alongside eight other women were given the wombs of other women. This project was the first of its kind and it was about womb transplanting. It took place at Gothenburg University. Stenberg got her godmother’s womb transplanted into hers and the good thing about this project is that donors of womb do not need it anymore, most of the women that took part in the experiment got their mother’s wombs. Stenberg passed a comment about her godmother’s kind gesture and said, “She’s incredible. She’s made a great contribution to other people in taking this step to be a donor without any payments or anything; just good will.’’
Having a transplant is a very risky surgery to undergo because so many attempts to make a transplant have been unsuccessful but Stenberg’s womb transplant was successful. She was the first to give birth after going through the womb transplant. After that, she was given IVF and fortunately for her, she was pregnant after her first try.
Eventually, Stenberg gave had a baby boy named Vincint but he was born two months premature. After her birth, Stenberg had to remove her womb because the doctors felt she would be at a risk if she has another baby and her baby also may not survive so they didn’t have any more children. Vincint’s birth has brought joy to his parents and has been a vision of happiness and hope.
The little Vincint pioneered the way for children who are birthed through transplanted wombs and since his birth, 4 more babies have been given birth to via transplanted wombs. The womb transplant method has been a source of hope to women who can’t give birth. It is also being practiced in other countries now.