New IVF Procedure Leads to First Birth in the U.K.Katlyn Joy |23, December 2013
The Eeva System or Early Embryo Viability test is yielding the best possible outcome for a fertility process; healthy babies in the United Kingdom.
The new IVF test allows for better selection of embryos for implantation in IVF procedures. The research leading to Eeva was based on Stanford University research. The research found that certain cell division events reveal the overall health and viability of embryos and predict the embryo outcome.
Time lapse photography is used in five minute intervals the first two days after fertilization to choose which embryos to implant with IVF. This non-invasive test has boosted the success rates of IVF up to 70 percent for women under 37 years of age. This is compared to just one-third of women using traditional IVF methods.
This means doctors will freeze the embryos with the highest chance of success and women will likely have to undergo fewer cycles of IVF, perhaps only one, in order to achieve a pregnancy.
The first baby in the world to be born following Eeva is Eva Dempster, born June 11, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland at Wessex Fertility, to parents Susan, 34, and David, 39. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces. Dempster was the first woman to become pregnant using the Eeva System.
Susan Dempster said of the process, "We hadn't really been trying before a long time before because we knew we wouldn't be able to conceive naturally. We went to the GP and he recommended coming here. We were never stressed throughout the whole process."
Wessex Fertility in Southampton, England announced last week that their first baby born via the Eeva system arrived on October 17,2013 to parents Katy and Jonathan Lush-Camps. Baby Oliver Lush-Camps weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Doctors had previously given the couple a 1 percent chance of conceiving a child naturally.
Katy Lush-Camps remarked, "I always wanted to have children and never imagined there would be any problems getting pregnant. After we were told we wouldn't be able to conceive naturally, we embarked on the IVF journey, which I now know is not an easy route to take! But now that our little Oliver is here with us, we are so thankful. Oliver is the cutest little boy ever (not that we are biased)! He is a little pickle at times but on the whole is a good boy and very much loved. He really is our little miracle."
As of yet, Eeva is only allowed by the FDA for investigational purposes and is not yet approved for use in the United States.
Tony Price, Embryology Manager at Wessex Fertility said: "The Eeva system has allowed us to assess embryos from a new perspective and gather a lot more information which may be helpful in selecting the best quality embryos for transfer. The main advantage of this technology is that we are able to identify embryos which have an extremely low chance of advanced development, and these can be excluded from use in treatment. At Wessex Fertility we strive to offer our patients the latest innovations in IVF and the best possible outcomes. I am very happy for baby Oliver's parents and proud of what Wessex Fertility has achieved."
Since the news of the first so called, "test-tube" baby, Louise Brown was born in 1978, some 5 million babies have been born via IVF or invitro fertilization. A woman's eggs are retrieved from her body, placed in a petri dish to be fertilized by sperm, then placed in a woman's uterus.
Costs are IVF are prohibitive for many couples, and since the overall success rates are not that high, repeated cycles of IVF are often necessary to achieve pregnancy. Each cycle may cost upwards of several thousand dollars.
With the improved ability to implant only the embryos with the best outlook for resulting in a healthy pregnancy, those better odds mean less of a chance that couples will go through multiple tries at IVF, with less time, emotional and financial investment being necessary. Insurance rarely covers the procedures.
The new procedure of Eeva is one of the biggest developments in the field of assisted technology in the years since baby Louise came into the world.
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