Monday, 14 August 2017


The Bulawayo Assisted Reproductive Technology (BART) Centre delivered its first baby last week after introducing the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) programme in December last year.
The IVF clinic is the second such health facility in the country to offer services to couples faced with infertility to deliver what are termed test tube babies.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is the most common and most effective type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help women become pregnant.

The IVF procedure involves fertilizing an egg outside the body, in a laboratory dish, and then implanting it in a woman’s uterus.

The gynaecologist in charge of the centre, Dr Jephat Moyo, confirmed that baby Mia was born last Wednesday at the clinic.

“We’re excited to announce that we’ve successfully delivered our first baby,” he said. “Although she came two weeks earlier, everything went according to plan, both mother and baby are healthy and we’re happy.

Dr Moyo said he was happy with the response received and success recorded by the facility since its inception in December last year.

He urged people in Matabeleland region to take advantage of the BART centre.
“We’re sitting at between 30 and 50 percent success rate at this clinic and we’re happy with the progress so far,” said Dr Moyo.

“We established this unit to address the challenge of infertility which affects 20 percent of couples worldwide. I, therefore, encourage couples struggling to conceive to take advantage of this centre.” herald


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