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30th Anniversary of Birth of World's First IVF Baby

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, August 02, 2008 | 0 comments

FAIRFAX, Va., July 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Genetics & IVF Institute announced today, on the 30th anniversary of the birth of the world's first IVF (in vitro fertilization) baby, that it has created more than 17,000 pregnancies through in vitro fertilization and other advanced techniques.

"Louise Brown, the world's first baby born through in vitro fertilization, was born in England on July 25, 1978, and media outlets trumpeted the news of the first 'test tube baby', says David Wise, president and CEO of Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF), which is based in Fairfax, VA. "Now, people around the world are enjoying parenthood thanks to the invention of IVF by the remarkable British scientists Drs. Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe. We honor them today on the 30th anniversary of Louise Brown's birth."

Founded in 1984, GIVF was one of the first free-standing fertility
treatment centers in America. GIVF pioneered the development and
implementation of many improved fertility treatment technologies and methods, including non-surgical retrieval of eggs and sperm, intracytoplasmic sperm injection and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos (PGD). GIVF also developed a new, patented sperm separation technique for pre-conceptual gender selection called MicroSort (R) which is currently in an FDA clinical trial. It is the only American infertility treatment center with its own >donor egg and donor sperm programs. GIVF also introduced high tech infertility treatment in China and is the only American center that provides infertility treatment in China.

Many of the pregnancies created at GIVF are in patients with particularly challenging infertility problems, including some who have been rejected for treatment by other centers.

"Every pregnancy is a cause for joy. Patients who come to GIVF seeking help to become pregnant are elated when they learn that they have achieved pregnancy and our staff is thrilled to help them," Mr. Wise said.

For more information on GIVF and its extraordinary range of programs, visit http://www.givf.com/ .

SOURCE: Genetics & IVF Institute
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/washington-area-fertility-center-has-created-more-than-17000-pregnancies,481195.shtml



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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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