08 Feb First South Dakota IVF Babies Exemplify Benefits of ART
A heart-warming news story out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last month highlights the remarkable advances in assisted reproductive technology (ART) over the past two decades and the positive impact it has had and is having on our world. The clip drops in on Kammi and Lee Lauck, the first two babies born via in vitro fertilization (IVF) in South Dakota, 20 years ago. Since then, 2500 babies have been born using IVF technology.
John Brannian was present at the creation of those two embryos at Sanford Advanced Reproductive Laboratory and today serves as director of the facility. Among other improvements, technological advances have made it easier to determine which embryos have the best chance of survival once they are placed in the uterus. Despite those advances, only half of IVF procedures nationwide result in birth. "I would like to see us get to the point where we're only generating a few embryos, and more of them will be good embryos," Brannian told KELOLAND TV.
Meantime the now-20-year-old twins born via IVF are both on the brink of graduating college and planning careers in medicine, one in precision technology, the other in medical coding—shining examples of the positive outcome of a technology that will only continue to become less costly, more effective and more accessible to more families.