Photos: Baby born using EEVA IVF technology
IN photos: the as yet unnamed baby born to Ruth Carter and partner John Traverse from Warrington, Cheshire, who are the first in the world to give birth to a baby using EEVA IVF technology. The baby girl weighing 5lb 15oz was born today at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
EEVA is one of the most recent and ground-breaking advances in reproductive technology and uses time-lapse imaging systems, allowing embryologists to capture huge amounts of information, previously unattainable, about the way in which early embryos develop. This system allows embryos to be observed without removing them from the incubator and, as such, more closely resembles similar conditions that an embryo would see inside the body.
EEVA is Early Embryo Viability Assessment Test for IVF
Eeva consists of a special microscope that fits inside a standard incubator and takes video images of your embryos, which are analysed by proprietary, intelligent software. Your embryos are cultured within a specially-designed Eeva dish while Eeva watches over your embryos through Day 3 or Day 5, depending upon the advice of your IVF team.
The Eeva Test was developed based on landmark research conducted at Stanford University which discovered that early cell division events can predict embryo developmental outcome and reflect the underlying molecular health of the embryo.
The research measured the time it took each embryo to achieve specific cell development milestones during the first two days after fertilisation in vitro. This led to the discovery of precise cell-division timing parameters that could non-invasively predict on Day 3 which embryos were most likely to develop to blastocyst stage on Day 5.