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First Baby Born in Latvia after Preimplantation Genetic Screening

23 July is the birthday of the first baby in Latvia who was born following the preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) carried out in the laboratory of iVF Riga clinic in 2014. The complete set of the baby’s chromosomes was analysed using the preimplantation genetic screening by aCGH (array Comparative Genomic Hybridization), also known as the comparative genomic hybridization on microchips, which allows for simultaneous testing of all chromosomes in an embryo before the embryo is transferred into the womb. This becomes possible using reagents and equipment designed with the latest scientific achievements. Based on the results obtained, one of the healthy embryos was successfully implanted in the womb, and in 9 months the patient became the mother of a healthy and strong infant.

One of the most common causes of infertility and miscarriage is genetic deficiencies of the embryos. Different chromosomal disorders, insufficient number of chromosomes or, on the contrary, an extra chromosome lead the body to reject the embryo upon recognising the error. As a result, pregnancy does not occur or is interrupted spontaneously at an early stage. Using PGS by aCGH in the cycle of in vitro fertilization makes it possible to evaluate the complete set of the chromosomes in embryos, detect anomalies and select a viable embryo for transfer into the mother’s uterus. This method opens up new opportunities to become parents for patients with an unclear cause of infertility, multiple miscarriages and older age. The embryos selected for transfer into the uterus using PGS are successfully implanted and undergo a development process, substantially increasing the chances of giving birth to a long-awaited and, most importantly, healthy baby. The use of preimplantation genetic screening in iVF Riga clinic became possible in 2014 when the state-of-the-art equipment was purchased for the establishment of the genetics laboratory. Currently, iVF Riga clinic is the first and only clinic in the Baltic countries, which can offer a full range of embryonic chromosome testing for pathologies. Dr.Violeta Fodina, head of iVF Riga clinic, gives her warmest greetings to the happy parents: “We send our heartfelt congratulations to our patients who have become parents of a healthy baby after the first use of PGS in our clinic. May the parental happiness brighten up every home and may the tinkle of children’s laughter bring joy and pride. We wish for all patients who are diagnosed with infertility to keep their hopes for giving birth to a healthy baby. If it is in our power to help you, then you just have to believe and act accordingly.” Infertility Treatment and Assisted Reproduction Clinic iVF Riga was opened in 2013. The staff of the clinic is formed of experienced and highly qualified professionals, well-known in Latvia and with years of experience in reproductive issues, genetics, embryology and patient coordination. More than 1,000 babies have come into the world since the clinic was established, as the high standards of the clinic and the most advanced technologies used in diagnosis and treatment make it possible for the patients to live out their dream even in the most challenging cases. The patients of iVF Riga clinic include not only Latvian residents, but also people from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, the UK, Russia and the US who have opted for this Latvian clinic, highly appreciating its efficiency. In June this year, iVF Riga clinic unveiled the Centre for Reproductive Genetics, which offers both cytogenetic and molecular genetic tests. The Centre for Reproductive Genetics of this kind is the first and currently the only one in the Baltic and Northern European countries. The clinic is certified according to European quality standards and it also offers the assisted reproduction programme funded by the Latvian state. In 2014, iVF Riga clinic received the 2014 Quality Award for Latvian Health Care Centres presented by the Latvian Association of Health Economics in collaboration with the Latvian Society for Quality.

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