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Kids conceived via vitro fertilization live healthy

By: Xinhua

MELBOURNE — Children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) are as healthy as their naturally conceived peers, a landmark Australian study published on Wednesday has found.

The study, the largest of its kind, was compiled by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and found that IVF children were healthy physically, mentally and emotionally by the time they reached school age.

David Amor, the lead researcher, said the results should provide peace of mind for parents of IVF children, as the number of births from sperm donor conception has doubled in Victoria since 2010.

“Women and couples who are choosing donors put a lot of thought and effort selecting them,” Amor told Australian media on Wednesday.

“The IVF services put a lot of effort into recruiting donors. The information the recipient gets about the donor is fairly minimal.”

“There’s some general health screening, but we don’t know if these men are representational of the general population. Given IVF is undergoing a bit of a renaissance in terms of the demand, these findings should be reassuring for parents,” he added.