Over 100 babies born through IVF at Mater Dei hospital

Since the treatment was introduced in January 2015, 61 girls and 43 boys have been born

Three pairs of twins were born at Mater Dei Hospital over the last few days, raising the total number of babies born through state-funded IVF treatment to over 100.

61 girls and 43 boys were born through 572 cycles of treatment, since the free treatment was first introduced in January 2015.

 Of 104 children born through IVF, there were 13 pairs of twins and a set of triplets.

Health minister and deputy prime minister Chris Fearne thanked all those who worked within the ART clinic at Mater Dei, as well as all maternity workers and called the births a “miracle of life.”

Without IVF treatment, “89 families would never have been able to experience the joys of parenthood,” he added.

Fearne went on to say that the government would be amending the Embryo Protection Act as of next year, to extend free IVF treatment to even more women.