COUPLES who give birth to IVF babies have been urged to share their stories with others in order to dispel rumours surrounding IVY pregnancies and IVF babies within the Nigerian environment.
Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and joint pioneer of In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Research in Nigeria and West Africa, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, who made the observation during a presentation entitled “High Incidence/order of Multiple Pregnancies and Multiple Births in the last 2 Years”, by Ashiru, O.A, Okeke, C, Olukoya, O, Ailoje-Ibru, Adewusi, A, Ogbechi, R, Moruuf, O, Ashiru observed that successful IVF treatment had helped women resolve many psychosocial and emotional issues after their treatments.
Ashiru who is also Chief Medical Director, Medical ART Centre, and Lagos noted: “We believe it is now left for couples to narrate their personal stories; however we have noticed that in this environment there is still some resistance to people sharing their own personal stories after a successful IVF treatment.”
He argued that it is important to dispel myths around IVF babies as IVF, produces normal babies who grow up to be bright and intelligent children. “People should be encouraged to share their stories which may help other couples find succour.
We believe the more people talk about their success openly the better it will be for those who need such services, and the more acceptable the process will be. He stated that from 2009 to 2011, 20 women within the age range of 30-54 had multiple pregnancies ranging from twins to quintuplets.
“Of these women one delivered a singleton, six, twins, three, triplets, one, quadruplets, and two, quintuplets. In addition, five women have on-going singleton pregnancies, two have on-going twin pregnancies, one has on-going triplet pregnancy and two have on-going quadruplet pregnancies.