In Vitro Maturation: Australian and Belgian Scientists lead the way

Posted on 30 August 2016

Blog post for VARTA by Dr Raelia Lew Last week, Australian and Belgian scientists announced exciting results in the field of IVM (In Vitro Maturation of human eggs). IVM has been around for some time. The breakthrough comes from the development of culture medium containing growth factors that make IVM 50% more successful than in … Continue reading

The Zika Virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Posted on 4 August 2016

Internationally, in Brazil and elsewhere, women who were infected with the Zika virus during their pregnancy have had babies born with severe birth defects. A big concern has been microcephaly, where a baby’s head and brain remain very small and fail to develop properly. Affected babies are likely to suffer severe developmental disabilities and may … Continue reading

An IVF baby at 62?

A broad array of opinions have been voiced this week – mostly condemning, of a 62 year old first time mother who delivered a baby by caesarean section in Victoria this week. Her baby was 6 weeks premature but is reportedly in a stable condition in neonatal intensive care. The Tasmanian mother, who conceived using … Continue reading

Should people be allowed to chose the sex of their babies through IVF?

Posted on 28 July 2016

When Australian delegates to the NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) came together in 2007 to publish an ethical framework to govern how IVF is practiced in our country, choosing the sex of IVF babies was banned. Many arguments can be made to support this stance. IVF was invented to overcome infertility, helping couples … Continue reading