Written Question on In Vitro Fertilisation

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Date Title Questioner
6 Jul 2018, 12:50 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Steve McCabe


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of multiple births in England in 2017 were a result of IVF treatment which took place outside the UK.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

This information is not collected centrally.

The Department has been made aware anecdotally of an increasing number of couples going outside of the regulated sector in the United Kingdom to have fertility treatment, which results in multiple pregnancies. The expectant mothers are returning to the UK to receive their maternity care within the National Health Service.

Multiple births involve higher risks for mothers and babies. Prematurity and low birth weight are the main reason for increased mortality and disability for these children.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has worked in partnership with professional stakeholders and UK clinics over the last 10 years to significantly reduce multiple births in UK fertility treatment through a policy of single embryo transfer.

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