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Portland couple has daughter through co-maternity process

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When Laura Mosier and Hanna Linder decided to start a family, doctors at OHSU helped them fertilize an egg from Mosier, which Linder carried, giving birth to their daughter, Pascale. (KPTV) When Laura Mosier and Hanna Linder decided to start a family, doctors at OHSU helped them fertilize an egg from Mosier, which Linder carried, giving birth to their daughter, Pascale. (KPTV)
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Doctors at OHSU were able to help two Portland women start a family using both of their bodies.

When Laura Mosier and Hanna Linder decided they were ready to start a family, they planned to use intrauterine insemination with donor sperm.

“I would carry because I was younger,” Linder said. “I just thought it would be easy. It would just work.”

Their plans took an unexpected turn when doctors learned Linder was infertile, but another surprising discovery gave them hope.

Mosier, who is five years older than Linder, had better eggs.

Then 43, Mosier just made the cutoff for the IVF clinic at OHSU.

Her eggs were fertilized with sperm from an anonymous donor, then successfully implanted in Linder’s uterus.

Their daughter, Pascale, was born in 2013.

“I don’t know if that feeling's ever gone away,” Mosier said.

“We’re pretty excited and happy to be a family,” Linder added. “We knew we were going into this one time, we were giving it one shot to work. And it worked the first time.”

The process is known as co-maternity. It has been around for several years, but is becoming more popular.

“I think it’s becoming increasingly common as there’s greater acceptance of LGBT people in general, and of IVF in general,” Dr. Paula Amato, a fertility specialist and associate professor of OBGYN at OHSU, explained. “There’s just more awareness. So I think it’s becoming more common.”

Amato said OHSU specializes in difficult cases and has very good success rates, even with lower prognosis patients.

OHSU is also open to complementary alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, which Linder credits with helping her become pregnant.

Linder and Mosier are sharing their story during National Women’s Health Week to encourage people who want to have children to start exploring their options.

“I want to tell people to go talk to the doctor right away. Don’t hold if off,” Linder said. “Don’t assume, just because you’re in your mid-30s, that it’s not going to be a problem.”

After becoming pregnant, Linder and Mosier continued seeing doctors at OHSU for perinatal care.

Linder also participated in an OHSU study measuring BMI in pregnant women. The family also donated their daughter’s placenta for research.

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