Britain's first baby has been born with the help of embryoscope in IVF. The girl child has been named Isabella.
Her parents Gemma and Simon Potter have been trying to have a baby for the past four years. They visited Care clinic in Manchester last year where doctors suggested that the couple try the embryoscope method in IVF. This worked and the couple is now blessed with a baby.
Through the embryoscope in IVF method, the couple also got a chance to see their baby from the time she was conceived till five days. They said that it was the most amazing thing that happened to them.
"To see her as an embryo was so special. Up until now no parent has seen their child at that magical moment of life," the Telegraph quoted Gemma Potter, Isabella's mother who is also working as a primary school teacher, as saying. "To think that Isabella, lying in my arms now, was that tiny speck when she started out, as we all are, was so precious. None of us have ever seen ourselves at the very start of life but Isabella will be able to."
"We will show her the time lapse video when she gets older along with all the pregnancy scans," she added
The embryoscope in IVF method is quite similar to the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) process. In IVF, women's ovary and men's sperm are taken to fertilise in the lab. The embryo is kept in the IVF incubator for five days. During this five-day process the doctors open the incubator and constantly check the egg. Once the egg gets fertilised, it is transferred inside the mother's womb.
"Currently, assessment of embryos in IVF is limited to brief snapshot glimpses at defined time points, usually one per day, involving removal from the incubator," the Telegraph quoted Alison Campbell, Head of Embryology at Care, as saying.
In the embryoscope in IVF method, IVF equipment has a built-in microscopic camera that helps the doctors to have a constant look at the embryo, without removing the embryo from the incubator. This method also helps maintain constant temperature in the incubator, just like the mother's womb.
"However, embryo development is a dynamic process and the use of time lapse imaging with the embryoscope enables the growth and activity of each stage to be observed continuously by the embryologist without removing them from incubation. The ability to view continuous embryo growth helps us to observe abnormal development, and exclude embryos that are not ideal for implantation," Campbell told the Telegraph.
In this method the embryo is constantly watched for five days till the egg hatches. Parents get a chance to see their baby grow from the time of conception till five days, when the egg is hatched. Then the embryo is transferred to the womb just like the IVF method.
Researchers claim that embryoscope method is much more effective than IVF.
Embryoscope increases the chances of pregnancy by an average of 44 per cent compared with a standard incubator, according to a Daily Mail report.
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