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More Millennial Women Choosing IVF Than Ever Before

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Pregnant CoupleIn vitro fertilization is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, especially in millennial women, according to a new report by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

In 2013, 2,000 more babies were born through the use of IVF than in 2012. Approximately 175,000 cycles of the treatment led to more than 63,000 infants being born. The report also notes that more women, especially those under 35, are choosing to transfer a single embryo, rather than multiple embryos—which eliminates the possibility of multiple pregnancies through one IVF cycle.

“The goal of reducing the incidence of multiple pregnancies is extremely important, and patients can see from the data that fewer embryos transferred do not mean a lower chance of pregnancy,” said James Toner, M.D., president of SART.

Since fewer women are transferring multiple embryos, twin and triplet birth rates resulting from IVF have noticeably decreased. The report also states that from 2012 to 2013, the number of twins dropped from 12,436 to 12,085, and the number of triplets fell from 411 to 376.

These trends are likely to continue along the same patterns in the coming years—especially with more advanced IVF techniques, like Britain’s newly approved “three-parent” IVF technique and the newest stem cell and IVF technology that may lead to same-sex couples having a biological child.

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

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Two Sets of Rare Twins Born at Ohio Hospital

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Not one but two sets of “mono-mono” twins, a rare phenomenon in which twins share an amniotic sac, has been born this month at an Ohio Hospital.  The first set was actually born holding hands, as ABC News reports:

Amanda Arnold, 24, gave birth to identical twin daughters Thursday at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. The girls were monoamniotic or “mono mono,” which means they shared an amniotic sac and placenta in the womb. Experts say the rare condition affects roughly one in 10,000 pregnancies.

“If they can hold hands too, that would be great.” Arnold told ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV before the birth, referring to the viral photo of monoamniotic twin girls born one week earlier at the same hospital. “I’m ready to meet them.”

Dr. John Stewart, director of maternal and fetal medicine at Akron General Hospital, said the chance of two sets of monoamniotic  twins being born at the same hospital is “probably in the order of one in a million to one in ten million.”

It took doctors only 19 minutes to deliver the twins via cesarean section. (NewsNet5)

Stewart added that the rare twins are usually scheduled for delivery between 32 to 34 weeks to avoid complications like becoming entangled in each other’s’ umbilical cords.

“The babies can cut of their blood supply to each other,” Stewart told ABC News.

Arnold was hospitalized for five weeks before the delivery so that doctors could monitor the twins’ blood supply. She gave birth by C-section at 32 weeks.

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Michael Jordan Is a Dad to Twin Girls

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Basketball legend Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette welcomed twin girls the couple has named Victoria and Ysabel, as PEOPLE.com reports:

His wife, Yvette Prieto Jordan, delivered identical twin daughters Victoria and Ysabel on Sunday, Feb. 9 in West Palm Beach, Fla., his rep confirms.

“Yvette and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival,” spokeswoman Estee Portnoy says.

Jordan has three grown children — sons Jeffrey, 25, and Marcus, 23, as well as daughter Jasmine, 21, with ex-wife Juanita Vanoy, whom he divorced in 2006 after 17 years of marriage.

The couple announced the pregnancy only in late November, and they did not disclose that they were expecting twins.

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‘Thor’ Star Chris Hemsworth Expecting Twins

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Chris Hemsworth, the movie star best known for his role as the superhero Thor in recent Marvel movies, is expecting twins with his wife, the actress Elsa Pataky.  The couple, already parents to a 19-month-old girl, announced their pregnancy in November.  More from PEOPLE.com on the news that Pataky is carrying twins:

The actors are expecting twins this spring, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“It’s incredibly exciting,” Hemsworth, 30, told reporters Thursday as he announced the 86th annual Academy Award nominations.

The couple, who are already parents to daughter India Rose, 19 months, stepped out Sunday for the Golden Globes, showing off the baby belly for the first time.

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Donor Egg Pregnancies Becoming More Common

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The number of women who become pregnant using donor eggs has risen in the last decade, although the number of healthy babies born on time and at a healthy weight remains less than ideal for that group.  More from The Associated Press:

That ideal result occurred in about 1 out of 4 donor egg pregnancies in 2010, up from 19 percent a decade earlier, the study found.

Almost 56 percent resulted in a live birth in 2010, and though most of these were generally healthy babies, 37 percent were twins and many were born prematurely, at low birth weights. Less than 1 percent were triplets. Low birth weights are less than about 5½ pounds and babies born that small are at risk for complications including breathing problems, jaundice, feeding difficulties and eye problems.

For women who use in vitro fertilization and their own eggs, the live-birth rate varies by age and is highest — about 40 percent — among women younger than 35.

Women who use IVF with donor eggs are usually older and don’t have viable eggs of their own. Because the donor eggs are from young, healthy women, they have a good chance of success, generally regardless of the recipient’s age.

The average age of women using donor eggs was 41 in 2010 and donors were aged 28 on average; those didn’t change over 10 years.

The study, by researchers at Emory University and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was published online Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Boston.

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