FRISCO (CBS 11 NEWS) – The baby business is booming in North Texas. New data from a national fertility group shows DFW is significantly outperforming the national average by almost ten percent when it comes to successful births from IVF treatments.
When Brie Dance reads “The Little Engine That Could,” it has special meaning for her and her son. Gibson is about to celebrate his second birthday, and Brie is 28 weeks pregnant with his future sibling. But getting here wasn’t easy.
“I’ve never felt the darkness and the isolation that I did when I went through infertility,” Dance said.
After failing to get pregnant for about a year, Brie and her husband were weighing their options about where to start their lives together. The deciding factor was where they believed they could most likely have a baby.
“We chose to come to Dallas after researching reproductive endocrinology specialists and the success rates of this Metroplex,” Dance said.
For the last few years, data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology has shown DFW clinics outperforming other parts of the country. The latest numbers show the Metroplex ahead of the national average by more than eight percent for women 35 and under.
“One of the main reasons is going to be the environment in the laboratory,” said Dr. Carlos Guerrero at Fertility Specialists Of Texas in Frisco.
Dr. Guerrero says technology like his lab’s IVF chamber that keeps a stable environment during the fertilization process is not something you see everywhere. How that technology is used is even more important.
“DFW was one group at one point. It had a huge program with about 1200 patients, and then we basically started making new labs, and everything spread out,” he said.
Guerrero believes that common training led to specialists across the region practicing similar protocols that are finding success.
“To find out that I could carry that child, it changed my world, and I went from no hope to, really I can’t ask for more,” Dance said.
The doctors don’t get all the credit. Experts say the good health of DFW moms is also a critical factor in successful births.