Dr Doody says the process helps female same-sex couples have a unique bond with their baby. Then, instead of the sperm and eggs being placed into incubators in a lab, they were placed in the chamber of a device called the INVOcell.
"I think that family, relationship, children is exactly everything that was meant to be in our world", she said.
In response to those who cite religious arguments against the complex scientific practices required to make the fertilization possible, Kathy said she would "respectfully disagree". "We didn't think that was how we were going to be doing it - we obviously thought I would be the one doing all the carrying".
Ashleigh was given hormones to prepare her body for the next step - transferring the embryos to her body - and she became pregnant on the first try.
Bliss' eggs were harvested and inseminated in August 2017. It starts like traditional IVF. Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter underwent reciprocal IVF as eggs taken from Bliss were fertilised with a donor sperm in a lab.
Afterwards, Ashleigh told WFAA: 'She got to carry him for five days and was a big part of the fertilization, and then I carried him for nine months.
After the eggs were fertilized in her body, they removed them five days later and froze the embryos.
"This represents the first time that two women have both physically carried their child together", fertility specialist Dr. Kathy Doody of The Center for Assisted Reproduction said. "We have livers, kidneys, and lungs so we're able to provide those same services to the embryo more naturally". Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter, however, weren't satisfied with this option. Though he only received DNA from Bliss and the couple's sperm donor, Ashleigh told the newspaper that he's also taking after her. "I don't know if it'll work, but if y'all are willing to try, let's go for it, '" Bliss recalled. And of course she couldn't stop talking about Stetson, who is now 5 months old. "So that made it really special for the both of us - that we were both involved". Kathy and Kevin Doody at the CARE Fertility clinic in Bedford, Texas tried reciprocal effortless In Vitro Fertilization using leading edge technology for the couple. She said, Image source " It was so exciting knowing that I was growing my own biological child inside of me".
USA Today notes that the cost for the effortless IVF using INVOcell, around $8,000, is about half the cost of traditional IVF, which can run from $14,000 to $16,000.
This the first time the Doodys have had a same-sex couple go through Effortless IVF, but they've performed the process for around 200 heterosexual couples.