A recent study has revealed that babies born via IVF (in vitro fertilisation) are 45 per cent more likely to die before turning one.
IVF is one of the most common methods of assistive reproductive technology. In simple terms, the mature eggs are taken from a mother and mixed with the sperm of the father in a lab. The fertilised eggs grow in the lab and the cell division takes place, transforming into embryos. The embryos are then put back in the uterus of the mother. If the embryos attach to the lining of the uterus, the baby grows inside the womb.
Compared the death rates of babies born via IVF with the babies conceived naturally and the result showed that the babies conceived through artificial techniques had more than twice the risk of dying in the first few weeks after birth. This is because frozen embryos have weak immunity system as they are often born prematurely.