One baby born every 3.5 hours in Dubai
Dubai - The expatriate births stood at 22,755 babies compared to 7,728 UAE ones
One baby is born in Dubai every 3.5 hours according to Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC). Nearly triple the national births, the expatriate births stood at 22,755 babies compared to 7,728 UAE ones.
This was revealed in connection with the announcement of opening up a new headquarter in Dubai by IVI Fertility, the globally renowned centre for fertility treatment, following its successful launch of operations in Abu Dhabi in May last year and over 120 successful pregnancies in less than a year.
"The opening of this office is very significant when viewed against the findings of a report by Dubai Statistic Centre (DSC) that fertility was among the top treatments sought by medical tourists who visited Dubai in 2015, next only to treatment of osteoporosis, dermatology and plastic surgery," said Dr Human Fatemi, Medical Director, IVI Fertility Middle East.
"We realized that a lot of our patients at Abu Dhabi clinic came from Dubai, Al Ain and other parts of the UAE. This factor, combined with the booming health travel sector in Dubai, prompted us to open a new clinic in Dubai," commented Dr. Barbara Lawrenz, Specialist - Obstetrics and Gynecology at IVI Fertility Middle East.
"The Middle East has an estimated 2 to 3 million couples in the age group of 20-40 who are facing difficulties in starting a family. This challenge of infertility is globally recognized as a major health issue. In the last few years, we all have probably read or heard about advancements in fertility treatments," added Dr Fatemi.
"IVF involves combining the egg and the sperm outside the body in a laboratory. Once an embryo or embryos form, they are then transferred back to the uterus of the woman. If done with the correct approach, this technique delivers successful results. However, there have been cases of severe male sterility, previously failed IVF cycles, failure with Intrauterine Insemination or even limited number of available oocytes that pose challenges. Such cases do not necessarily yield results with the conventional IVF technique," he added.
"The Dubai clinic is a major step in making sure that highly advanced, worlds best treatments are easily available to couples desiring to become parents. At IVI, our extensive research in understanding GCC-specific factors of infertility amongst couples and personalized treatments is the crucial factor behind our success rate of over 70%," added Dr Human Fatemi, Medical Director IVI Fertility.
The most common and successful methodology of IVF is the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) which involves injection of a single sperm directly into a mature egg in the IVF laboratory.
"At IVI Fertility, great emphasis is put on patient education. Extensive counseling is given to familiarize them with the designed treatment. Before the start of IVF/ICSI treatment, the clinic also customizes the ovarian stimulation as per the patient's needs for egg production. These eggs are then collected and each egg is injected with a single sperm from the spouse. The rest of the process is the same as IVF. As the patient is more likely to become pregnant with twins or triplets if more than one embryo is transferred, we at IVI Fertility recommend a single embryo transfer (SET)," he said.
ICSI was pioneered by Dr Prof Paul Devroey, a leading Belgian researcher and professor specialized in human fertility. He worked for over 30 years at the University of Brussels and has trained Dr Human Fatemi, Medical Director at IVI Fertility, Abu Dhabi, in various Assisted Reproductive Techniques. IVI has several proprietary test techniques that are now used worldwide and are known to enhance the chances of triggering pregnancy.
"Fortunately, science today has the answer to most fertility problems. However, such treatments are successful only after the right tests and assessments are carried out to diagnose the exact cause of infertility. At IVI, our extensive research in understanding GCC-specific factors like consanguinity and its impact on fertility and customizing treatments to address those, are responsible for the high success rate," added Dr Fatemi.