A baby born last month in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is the first baby born in the world using Augment IVF – an IVF treatment that uses mitochondria from a woman’s egg precursor cells to re-energize her eggs.
After spending four years trying fertility drugs, IVF, and other treatments to get pregnant, Natasha and Omar Rajani were selected for the new Augment IVF which is currently offered at TCART Fertility Partners in Toronto – the only North American clinic to do so. Dr. Robert Casper and his team believe that some women’s eggs lack the energy needed to develop after conception. The procedure pulls mitochondria from younger eggs and then adds it to the patient’s mature eggs which increases the chance of success.
“So what we’re actually doing is sort of replacing the batteries in the eggs to give them a boost of energy to get to the day 5 stage or the blastocyst stage, where the embryo can implant,” said Dr. Robert Casper.
Eight women are currently pregnant after undergoing the procedure and Casper indicates that he is unsure of the effectiveness of the Augment IVF treatment for women over the age of 40. Zain Rajani was born on April 13, 2015 and weighed 5lbs, 4oz.