Depending on what part of the country you live in, it may seem like every baby is born via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). And it seems that makes sense. In certain parts of the country, IVF is far more popular than others.
According to a new map from Fertility Nation, those in Washington, D.C. use IVF more than any other state and almost twice as much as the second-ranked state (Massachusetts -- my home state). Meanwhile in Maine, Montana, and Wyoming, there were no IVF treatments at all.
Depending on where you live, people can be very judgemental about babies born via IVF. But in Massachusetts where I live, it sometimes feels like half the children I know were conceived this way. In DC alone, 227 births out of 100,000 were conceived via IVF.
The map also follows, more or less, the average age at first birth. In states where it's older (like Massachusetts or DC), the age of the mother at first birth also rose by five years between 1970 and 2006.
All of this, of course, isn't all that surprising. But as IVF becomes more and more common, it's also more and more important for doctors to be ethical and careful when they perform the procedure. Stories like Octomom really do give IVF a bad name and they aren't the norm.
The fact is, it has been 30 years since the first "test tube baby." Since then IVF has been giving couples across the country who might never have had a chance at parenthood the opportunity to have a baby.
Do you live in a state where IVF is prevalent?
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