A photo of a baby, which has been going viral on social media, speaks of the physical and psychological challenges surrounding In Vitro Fertilisation.
By Disha Roy Choudhury
Those who regularly browse through social media must have already come across a photo of a baby that is now going viral. The image is that of a newborn surrounded by syringes arranged in the shape of a heart. The photo, which was posted on social media on August 11, has been melting hearts of people ever since.
As adorable as the baby’s picture looks, it is gaining attention for depicting not just the birth of a child but also the challenges associated with it. The baby was born through IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) and the syringes symbolise the difficulties the parents faced during the process.
“Mom said, ‘4 years, 7 attempts, 3 miscarriages and 1,616 shots’,” the picture was captioned, finally leading to the birth of what parents Patricia O’Neill and Kimberly call their “miracle” baby.
What is IVF?
IVF is a process of fertilisation where a woman’s egg is combined with sperm outside her body. The process entails monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova from the woman’s ovaries and letting the sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory. The fertilised egg undergoes embryo culture for two to six days after which it is transferred to the same or another woman’s uterus for pregnancy.
There’s no doubt that IVF indeed revolutionised the process of pregnancy and childbirth for couples trying to become parents and those fighting the stigma of infertility.
Does IVF guarantee pregnancy?
According to an Ernst & Young report titled Call for Action: Expanding IVF treatment in India, published in 2015, infertility affects nearly 10 to 15 per cent of married couples in India. “By 2020, an increase in the proportion of women in the reproductive age (20-44 years), coupled with a skew towards those aged between 30-44…
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