Boston, MA October 15, 2013
– Aggregating ten international reports tracking the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) the International Committee for the Monitoring of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART) estimates that there have been 5 million babies born with the help of ART.
The first ART baby was born in 1978. By 1990, there had been an estimated 90,000 births worldwide. By 2000, estimates put the number at approximately 900,000. By 2007, it was estimated over 2.5 million children had been born using ART. Since 2007, it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million babies have born using ART in countries who report their outcomes to ICMART, with another 900,000 in non-reporting countries.
IFFS Board member, Mr. Richard Kennedy said, “This comprehensive report confirms that we now have over 5 million babies born through Assisted Reproduction. More than that, it shows that half of them have been born in the last 6 years. The number of babies born through ART is now about the same as the population of a U.S. state such as Colorado, or a country such as Lebanon or Ireland. This is a great medical success story.”