For the first time in San Diego County, California, patients have given birth to babies using the egg preservation technique known as vitrification or “flash freezing.” Specialists at Reproductive Partners-UC San Diego Regional Fertility Center announced that two patients who underwent the freezing technique are new mothers, one of whom gave birth to twins.
San Diegan Shannon Taylor gave birth to an 8 lb. 5 oz. baby girl in April. A second patient, military spouse Jeanna House, delivered twin boys in February, just before moving to Texas to join her husband there.
“It’s a breakthrough for us on our very first attempt at this technique,” says Gabriel Garzo, M.D., the fertility clinic's medical director. “Two of our patients who underwent the freezing technique are now proud mothers of healthy, happy babies. Their success gives others who might benefit from this technique tremendous hope.”
Dr. Garzo says this kind of success means egg freezing may be an option for all women who want to preserve their fertility. “Our recent success with ongoing pregnancies conceived through egg freezing marks another milestone in fertility preservation,” he says. “It’s an option for today’s women who may be busy pursuing a career or who don’t yet have a partner. They can freeze their unfertilized eggs until they’re ready for motherhood. The center’s advanced technique gives these women choices they’ve never had before.”
August 16, 2012
Posted by Leigh Ann Woodruff