17 Sep 2010

IVF-assisted births double in four years

2:16 pm on 17 September 2010

The number of in vitro fertilisation procedures performed in New Zealand and Australia almost doubled between 2004 and 2008.

A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the number of babies born using assisted reproductive technologies in those four years increased by 45%.

The report's author, Professor Liz Sullivan, says that's largely due to a change in practice to using single-embryo transfers instead of multiple ones, thus reducing the number of riskier twin and triplet pregnancies.

More than 100,000 babies have been born using assisted reproductive technologies in Australia and New Zealand over the past 30 years.