Choosing Ella…

As I hold my 1 year old little girl in my arms I can’t help but marvel at her conception…a scientific leap in our time. She is the produce of IVF with PGD or Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis. PGD is a technology which allows genetic testing of an embryo prior to implantation and before pregnancy occurs. It is used in conjunction with IVF and allows only those embryos diagnosed as being free of a specific genetic disorder, or of a specific sex, to be transferred into a woman for pregnancy. In my case we had one viable embryo, on our second attempt at IVF, on which we had PGD performed. It was a girl and thus we transferred her to my uterus. 38 and a half weeks later she arrived! My husband was adamant after our son was born that if we had another child, it must be a girl. PGD testing for sex selection is quite contraversion in many countries I the world. In South Africa, the only clinic that we could find, that would assist us for this purpose, was Medfem Fertility Clinic in Johannesburg. As our business is egg donation, I knew the clinics exceptional track record and elected to be treated with them. Both the equipment and embryologist need to support PGD in order for a clinic to offer this advanced fertility treatment. Thanks Medfem!

See an article in the April issue of Mamas and Papas Magazine called “Choosing Ella…” which looks at my story and the comments from the medical fraternity regarding sex selection as a choice.

…and this is Ella 🙂


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