There is research that shows the possibility that in vitro fertilization (IVF) may result in birth defects.
While infertility treatments may be a blessing for couples who are having trouble conceiving a child, there is research that shows the possibility that in vitro fertilization (IVF) may result in birth defects. If you are unsure of the cause of your baby’s birth defect and used IVF to conceive, a Chicago birth injury lawyer may be able to help determine if your infertility specialist was negligent in your care.
An Increase in Birth Defects
There have been a number of studies done to help determine if IVF causes a higher incidence of birth defects. The British Journal of Obstretics and Gynaecology published a study that was conducted over a period of 25 years. The study showed an increase in birth defects with children who were conceived using IVF to 10.7 per 10,000 births compared to 5.9. This was attributed to the 50% rise in multiple births during the same period. What was also noted in the study was that the types of defects found to have increased were not chromosome related, but physical defects that develop as a child grows in the womb, such as heart defects or abnormalities in the digestive tract.
The Risks of IVF Treatments
IVF also brings a greater possibility of multiple births, which is also a contributing factor in the development of birth defects and birth injury. Some specialists claim that the increase in birth defects is due to one of the techniques used in IVF, where the sperm is injected directly into the egg. The abnormalities associated with this procedure are typically minor and corrective with surgery. As potential parents, you should be warned of those risks and given the opportunity to make your decision for IVF only after being presented with all options. If your child required surgery to fix a birth defect after having been conceived using IVF, it is important that you speak with a Chicago birth injury lawyer to see if you were properly warned of the possible complications.
Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
A physician who is offering assistance in reproducing does have an obligation to inform all their patients of the potential dangers. If you feel that you were not advised properly of the risks, a Chicago birth injury attorney may be able to help you receive compensation that could go towards ensuring a high quality of life for your child. Contact Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.