Study finds IVF babies are getting healthier

Fertility patients will welcome a new study which has found that children born after assisted conception have been getting steadily healthier, with fewer babies born prematurely.  It’s the largest study to look into the health of IVF babies, and followed 92,000 children born after assisted conception from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

A key factor in the improved health of the children born after fertility treatment was the reduction in multiple births – this means that babies are less likely to be born prematurely which is a big risk associated with multiple pregnancy.  Although this study focused on children born in Scandanavia, we have also seen a decline in the number of multiple births after IVF/ICSI in the UK and this research shows that the One at a Time policy we’ve adopted here will not only impact on multiple pregnancy rates, but also on the health of children born after assisted conception.

You can read more about the study, which is published in the Journal Human Reproduction, here http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org

 

Multiple pregnancy and fertility treatment

It can be tempting to imagine that a multiple pregnancy might be the ideal outcome after fertility treatment – an instant family and no need to pay for any more IVF in the future. In fact, multiple pregnancy is the biggest health risk from fertility treatment, and the terribly sad story of the woman from Arizona who died shortly after giving birth to quadruplets shows just how risky it can be.

Here in the UK, the multiple pregnancy rate after fertility treatment is declining and clinics are encouraged to think carefully before transferring more than one embryo to younger women in particular. Women’s bodies are made to carry one baby at a time, and the biggest danger from a multiple pregnancy is that the babies will be born early – which carries all kinds of long-term health risks.

If you want to know more about the evidence on multiple pregnancy and fertility treatment, you should visit www.oneatatime.org.uk