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First Live Birth Using the Embryoscope® Incubator System

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, July 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Fertility Centers - EmbryoscopeThe first baby has been born from donor eggs in an in vitro cycle using a specialized incubator called an Embryoscope®, the Fertility Centers of New England have reported. The incubator uses time-lapse photography to give embryologists revolutionary insight into an embryo's development. Doctors can actually watch embryos develop and monitor healthy cell divisions in a way previously impossible.

The Fertility Centers of New England previously announced the first successful births following embryo culture using the Embryoscope® (Unisense/Fertilitech, Aarhus, Denmark), a new advancement for the IVF laboratory. This new development marks the first live birth in a Donor IVF cycle.

We are proud to once again be at the forefront of using this new technology and the first IVF center in the United States to report this live birth in a Donor IVF cycle, said Fertility Centers of New England President and CEO, Joseph A. Hill, MD. We are also proud to be the only IVF center in New England using this technology clinically on a daily basis.

The Embryoscope® incubator is a state-of-the-art system, with a built-in camera providing automated and continuous time-lapse photography of fertilized oocytes from conception until the time of embryo transfer without disturbing the culture environment.

This innovative device allows embryologists to assess an embryo's development by closely observing cell division at key time periods. As we continue to culture more embryos in this innovative system, we will also be able to design specific selection or de-selection parameters to assist with embryo selection, said Fertility Centers of New England Laboratory Director Dr. Michael Tucker. This type of technology may prove to be very useful in reducing the number of twins and triplets by selecting a single embryo for transfer that is the most likely to result in the birth of a healthy baby.

Not only are we pleased to offer patients the latest laboratory technology, said R. Ian Hardy, MD, PhD, Medical Director for the Fertility Centers of New England. We currently have the highest reported live birth rates for donor cycles on the East Coast.

We also recognize that the cost of Donor IVF can be a barrier to access for many patients and are proud to offer our Egg Assist™ program to help our patients build healthy families. An exciting benefit of the Embryoscope® is that we can also offer new parents a video record of their baby from conception to the point of embryo transfer.

Example of videos can be found here.
-- The Fertility Centers of New England is proud to be at the forefront of advanced infertility treatment and for increasing access to care by providing the most affordable treatment options without compromising quality and results.

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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!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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