THE FIRST EMBRYOSCOPE BABY – One of our Many Success Stories

Mrs. Radhika (name changed) aged 31 years, had been married for 6 years and had been unable to conceive since. There had been mounting pressure from parents, in-laws and other family members to have their first child. This was putting a lot of strain on Radhika and her husband and they were getting desperate to have a baby.

That was when they came to the Gunasheela In-Vitro Fertility Center / Gunasheela Surgical & Maternity Hospital, a part of Gunasheela Hospital.

The couple was investigated thoroughly and it was seen that there were problems in both the partners. They opted for IVF / ICSI technique (Invitro fertilization / Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) technique; but were unsuccessful in the first attempt. Then Dr. Devika Gunasheela, Managing Director of Gunasheela Hospitals, decided to use the Embryoscope.

The Embryoscope is an advanced incubator with a time-lapse system. This is a brand new advancement in the world of IVF and is presently available in IVF clinics in 18 countries. It is cleared for clinical use in Europe and in the USA. At present, it is available in two other centres, in South India. The Embryoscope has been used in more than 3500 IVF treatments producing healthy babies after incubation and imaging in the Embryoscope.

This incubator allows the embryo to be observed minute by minute with from the point when in-vitro fertilization takes place to the moment when it is transferred into the uterus. It is based on conventional incubators used presently in embryology labs. However it has an image–capture system that allows an enormous amount of information to be obtained for every embryo. This information until now could not be recorded. The information is obtained in a non-invasive manner as it avoids taking out the embryo out of the incubator environment. Continuous image capture of every embryo is recorded as a video, allowing embryos to be monitored fully. All details that emerge during development are obtained. It is especially in couples who had recurrent IVF failures.

Radhika and her husband readily agreed as this technique increases the chances of conception by about 8- 12%.Conception happened in May 2012 and the pregnancy course was uneventful. All parameters were regularly monitored, and the Doppler Scan and Anomaly scan were normal.  The Embryoscope provided a record in pictures and videos of the very beginning of the future baby’s life. This gave the doctors and parents reassurance of the embryo’s health. This technique allowed embryo cell division to be viewed on a monitor in real time, capturing moments from the beginning of life. The entire process was free from any complications and stress.

Presently Radhika has reached term and has now delivered healthy twin babies – a boy and a girl, weighing 2.6 & 2.3kgs respectively on 1st of February 2013, at 9.33 & 9.34 am.  The mother and babies are in the pink of health, and we, at Gunasheela Hospitals, wish them a bright future and happy future.

As far as our knowledge goes, these are the “First Embryoscope Babies in South India”.

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