BONUS 233: Uterine Transplants 101

November 15, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guests are Dr. Liza Johannesson, assistant professor in the College of Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, and infertility warrior Kayla.

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Dr. Johannesson, Kayla and Heather discuss everything you need to know about uterine transplants:

INTRODUCTION – DR. JOHANNESSON

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose to specialize in reproductive medicine?
  • Take us through your career, including how you ended up at Baylor.

UTERINE TRANSPLANTATION – DR. JOHANNESSON

  • What is a uterine transplant, and can you tell us about the history of this procedure?
  • What does the procedure cost?
  • Who is a good candidate for a uterine transplant?
  • Who is NOT a good candidate for a uterine transplant?
  • What are the risks of having a uterine transplant?
  • What is the process for conceiving?
  • Can the patient have more than one child following a uterine transplant?
  • Does the uterus remain after the patient’s family is complete?
  • Can someone donate their uterus?
  • Tell us about your clinical trial and what you’ve learned so far.
  • I understand Baylor is not the only institution studying uterine transplants. Tell us about the other research taking place worldwide.
  • What does the future hold for uterine transplants?
  • How do you respond to skeptics of uterine transplants?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

UTERINE TRANSPLANTATION

  • Tell me a bit about yourself. How old are you, what do you do for a living, what do you do for fun, etc.?
  • Tell me about when you first met your husband.
  • How would you describe you and your husband as a couple?
  • Tell me about the moment when you first knew you wanted to be a parent.
  • How did longing to be a parent impact other life decisions?
  • How did you learn about Baylor’s uterine transplant clinical trial? What made you choose theirs over the others?
  • Let’s dive into the journey to build your family. Take us through the whole timeline.
  • Did going through this experience change any of the relationships in your life?
  • If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would change? Why or why not?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP – KAYLA

  • How has this experience changed you?
  • Knowing what you know now, what is one piece of advice you’d give to your past self?
  • What words of hope would you offer to a woman who’s considering a uterine transplant?

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