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Miracle IVF Baby

So many women around the world fail to fall pregnant at the time that they hope to conceive and for some, their only option is the IVF route.  This can be a draining experience both emotionally and financially but one woman from England who thought that it would never happen for her after numerous attempts at fertility treatment fell pregnant after special IVF treatment and in July 2009 gave birth to a healthy baby boy!

The forty one year old mother who prefers to remain anonymous had attempted thirteen IVF treatments and each one had failed.  On top of that she had also endured an ectopic pregnancy and two miscarriages and she and her partner were stunned to discover that she was pregnant following her last IVF try.

Her miracle baby Oliver was born after her fertility clinic used a technique that is claimed to increase woman’s chances of pregnancy by more than double.  Oliver is the first baby in the world to be conceived using this special technique, known as Array Comparative Genomic Hybridisation, which involves picking the best eggs from the IVF process after DNA samples are taken from the eggs and the chromosomes are counted.

A normal healthy sample of DNA should contain twenty three chromosomes and some doctors believe that miscarriages are due to an egg containing either too many or too few chromosomes so by being able to count them and pick the healthiest eggs to start with will give a woman a higher chance of the egg fertilising and subsequently implanting. 

Oliver’s birth will not be the last

Professor Simon Fishel is the fertility doctor responsible for helping the mother and father fulfill their parenting dream.  Professor Fishel works for the Care Group of fertility clinics in Nottingham and is certain that Oliver’s birth will not be the last live birth using this technique and in fact stated that a handful of other women have already fallen pregnant following this procedure.

It is believed that this method will enable many couples to reduce not only the cost but also the amount of IVF attempts that they might have endured.  It could also help with the long standing debate about how many embryos should be implanted into a woman at any one time and also provide better results from those who opt to freeze their eggs.  Research will continue on this system and will extend onto embryo stage to see if they have similar results.

A representative from the Women’s health department at King’s College in London, Professor Peter Braude has stated that whilst he is pleased to see that the mother had received a positive result after her many years of failure that it is still not proved that it was in fact the new IVF method that was responsible for her conception.

The Chairman from the British Fertility Socieety, Mr Tony Rutherford has stated that the claims really do offer a great deal of promise to hopeful couples.

When a couple want to conceive, any new treatment such as this one seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel but it should be researched thoroughly as it will involve extra cost as the special method will be in addition to the usual IVF costs.  If studies do prove it to be successful however then it could benefit a vast amount of desperate couples all over the world!