According to experts, about 1 to 2 percent of babies in the U.S. are now born with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF). But there are thousands more failed attempts at pregnancy, which makes it clear that there is a serious need for better embryo selection techniques. And better techniques are exactly what British fertility experts hope to bring to the world with their time-lapse snapshot method.
Derya Sert, 22, was born without a uterus. She’s waited her entire adult life to be a mother. When doctors successfully performed the world’s first uterine transplant on her, it seemed there might be a possibility that her dreams could come true. Then, 18 months after the transplant, doctors started IVF treatments in hopes of actually achieving a successful pregnancy.
After spending time as a judge on the hit show “American Idol,” Kara DioGuardi became as common of a household name as the artists she writes songs for. Even though she’s no longer on the show, she’s still helping artists like Pink and Kelly Clarkson top the charts. But this 42-year-old has been taking care of more than just her career; she’s also been taking care of her health…in way that some might consider extreme.
Mitochondrial disease affects about one in 200 children each year. This condition, which can greatly reduce quality of life and life expectancy of those affected, has no cure. But thanks to a recent ruling by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the UK’s fertility watchdog, mitochondrial disease may eventually become a thing of the past.
For the first time in the world, a woman who had undergone five major organ transplant surgeries has given birth to a baby girl. Diagnosed with a blood clot in a major vein to the intestine, the woman is today not just alive but also holding a beautiful baby girl in her arms.
The survival rates for ovarian cancer are bleak. This is partly due to the fact that it is so hard to detect during the early stages. And even when symptoms are present, the condition is sometimes misdiagnosed. Andrea Hynes-Whalley found this out first hand.
Though Nadine Young’s most recent break up had been an amicable one, it left her single and without a child. Rather than attempt another relationship and possibly risk the chances of not having a child, Nadine decided it would be best to pursue parenting on her own. Little did she know, that decision would take her on a stressful, scary, but beautiful journey.
A new study carried out in Finland suggests that the birth weight of babies born after an IVF treatment may depend largely on the way the embryos were prepared during the in vitro fertilization process. Embryos that spend longer time growing in the culture might be born heavier.
For couples hoping for a baby, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is currently one of the popular methods of conceiving. But this method may not always result in successful pregnancies. Now researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a two part approach of embryo analysis that identifies the best developing embryo that might lead to a pregnancy.