April 14, 2024

IVF kids now 1.5% of all births in US

Latest figures from the SART

According to 2012 figures, IVF babies now make up 1.5% of all children born in the United States. According to a report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), its 379 member clinics performed 165,172 cycles, or procedures involving IVF, in 2012.  These resulted in the birth of 61,740 babies, an increase of more than 2000 infants from 2011. With an estimated 3.9 million births in the US in 2012, IVF babies now constitute about 1 in every 67 births.

This is a new high for the US, although rates in other countries are far higher. According to the European Society for Human Reproduction (ESHRE), in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden at least 3.0% of all babies born were conceived by ART. An estimated 5 million children have been born through IVF around the world. 

Michael Cook
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