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Study Shows IVF Babies Become Happy Adults

Herald Sun,  Oct 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

Adults born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) have a more positive perception of their environment and are equally as well-adjusted and satisfied with life as those conceived without assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

A study out of Melbourne, Australia, the first longitudinal study of its kind, examined the quality of life for IVF children. Nearly 1,100 adults, half conceived through IVF, were surveyed on things like medical health and treatment, mood, and relationship satisfaction. Birth weight, financial status growing up, and current work status of participants was taken into account as well. Monash and Melbourne IVF, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the Jean Hailes Research Unit, the Royal Women's Hospital, and the University of Melbourne collaborated on this effort.

The results presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Fertility Society of Australia suggest that IVF is not a detriment to the child’s future social or psychological well-being.

Dr. Lyndon Hale, Medical Director of Melbourne IVF agrees with these results whole-heartedly. "The results aren't surprising, because there's no doubt these kids were wanted. Common sense suggests that these kids would have lots of input from their parents."

Considering the emotional and financial costs of IVF, it is no wonder the parents of these IVF children raised them into happy adults.

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Comments (1)

You have only to look at the very first IVF baby...Louise Brown, see that she has not only grown into a happy adult, but also into a happy mom who conceived her baby naturally! All of us, including me, who have children from IVF know that we are blessed. As far as parenting any differently from those who never had to struggle with infertility, I feel that we face the same challenges although since many of us are "older" parents we may face them with a little more than a grain of salt!

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