Bennet: In the studio today, we have Betula Baker, here to tell us about her job! . . . What was your job, again?
Mrs. Baker: Director of a fertility clinic! People often assume that my whole job is about providing patients with any necessary ingredients for reproduction that they’re missing. That is, donor eggs, donor sperm, or a surrogate carrier for the pregnancy.
But we also work with couples who have all the ingredients — and yet, for whatever reason, find trouble with traditional conception.
For someone who wasn’t born with a womb, but still wants to carry a child, we can do a fully functional transplant.
And for couples with two of a kind, we do some real gene-combining wizardry!. . . We still need at least one egg, for “packaging.” Couples who need one tend to ask a relative, so the DNA is close to theirs as-is, no next-level mixing needed.
Bennet: So . . . let’s say I wanted a transplanted womb, to carry a donor egg fertilized with donor sperm . . . Could you do all of that at once?
Mrs. Baker: We have the technology, yes!
. . . but if you were serious, there are many lovely pre-gestated children that I would encourage you to consider adopting.
Adoption is also a wonderful and valid path for starting a family! With all this technology and so many options, there’s only one medical obstacle I still can’t solve . . .
. . . why have some of my children still not given me any grandbabies yet??
Birch (thinking): I knew Mom had to get to that eventually.