Advances In Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
Over the past few decades, perceptions about surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology have changed for the better. While originally little was known about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and assisted reproductive technologies, these tools have proven repeatedly to be successful alternatives for families who have children by collaborative means.
From our office in Cincinnati, our attorneys and staff at Essig & Evans LLP represent parties involved in the process of building their families in Ohio and across the country using these methods. Regardless of your familial situation, whether you are a single parent, heterosexual couple or same-sex couple, we will ensure your rights and interests are protected throughout the process.
The Process And History
In-vitro fertilization is the out-of-body fertilization of an egg by a sperm. The resulting embryos are then transferred into an intended parent or surrogate.
The first child born through use of assisted reproductive technology was born in 1978. The doubts surrounding the process generally stemmed from concerns over the technology. As those questions have been fully answered in the years that followed, IVF and collaborative reproduction have become widely accepted.
Laboratories using assisted reproductive technologies continue to improve their methods, but it is still important for intended parents to do their own research as well. They should know the statistics of their selected laboratory or physician, which are usually available online or upon request from the facility. This research will inform intended parents about the success that the lab has had with particular technologies, as well as the success with particular donors and parents grouped by age.