Memphis, Tenn. – More babies were born from fertility procedures in the United States in 2012 than ever before, according to a report released on Feb. 17 by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).
SART’s 379 member clinics, which includes Fertility Associates of Memphis, reported that, in 2012, they performed 165,172 procedures involving in vitro fertilization (IVF), in which an egg from the mother-to-be or a donor is fertilized in a lab. They resulted in the birth of 61,740 babies, an increase of more than 2000 infants from 2011. IVF babies now constitute over 1.5% of all births.
SART also reported there were fewer embryos per cycle transferred and an increase in elective single embryo transfer. This led to a reduction in the number of twin and triplet births, which can be risky for both mothers and children.
Dr. William Kutteh, director of Fertility Associates of Memphis, said, “This news sheds a lot of light on assisted reproductive technologies, illustrating just how many people across the country are benefiting from IVF and how much more access to care there is to this technology. We are proud to have served the Mid-south region with IVF for more than two decades and look forward to continue being among the best clinics in the country offering IVF.”
About Fertility Associates of Memphis
Fertility Associates of Memphis is a state-of-the-art practice providing comprehensive reproductive health care to couples of the Mid-South and beyond, treating patients struggling with infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, and reproductive disorders. Our highly specialized team of physicians utilizes cutting-edge techniques, including in vitro fertilization with laser blastocyst biopsy, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and fertility preservation. Our compassionate physicians, board-certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, have been bringing dreams to life for more than 20 years.