Emma Ryley and her husband Paul struggled to have a baby for 15 years but they were finally able to give birth to a baby boy after doctors tried a new technique using embryo glue. The glue works by increasing the embryo’s ability to stick to the side of the womb after implantation in in-vitro fertilization.
Ethan was born weighing a healthy 5Ib 15 at Milton Keynes Hospital.
The pro-life movement has long had concerns about IVF, in part because of the high percentage of human embryos — unique human beings — who are killed in the process. Whether they die because the pregnancy does not become viable, whether multiple embryos are implanted and not all of them survive or whether a woman becomes pregnant with multiple babies and opts to abort one or more of them to supposedly increase the changes of survival for the rest, IVF presents pro-life ethical concerns.
The invention of a glue that could enhance the chances that an unborn baby implanted after IVF could survive and fewer babies would die or fewer abortions are done because fewer cases of multiple pregnancies are “needed” to successfully have a baby is a good thing.
A London newspaper has more on Ethan’s birth and the special new glue.
A miracle baby was born after doctors glued him into his mother’s womb – ending her 15-year struggle to have a child.
Emma Ryley, 43, from Milton Keynes and her husband Paul, 42, had been trying to start a family since 1999, five years after they got married.
The birth of their first baby, Ethan, is an early success for a new technique using embryo glue which works by increasing the embryo’s ability to stick to the side of the womb. The embryo is dipped into the gluey substance prior to being put back into the womb during IVF treatment.
Mrs Ryley, who is head of estates for a building company, said: ‘It was the most emotional moment when I finally held Ethan in my arms, and I knew I was a mum at last. We’d had so many years of heartbreak, but now we finally had our miracle baby – and it was all thanks to a tub of glue. It seemed a strange concept for him to be glued into my womb, but it certainly worked.’
In December 2012 the couple decided to try IVF treatment and three months later they had an appointment at CARE Fertility in Milton Keynes.
They started their course of IVF treatment. Mrs Ryley’s eggs were collected and harvested with her husband’s sperm.
After the treatment they had three viable embryos and one was put back into her womb.
But before the transfer, doctors at CARE Fertility suggested using the new glue to give the embryos a better chance of sticking to the womb.