IVF and brighter babies

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Registered: 06-11-2007
IVF and brighter babies
Tue, 02-22-2011 - 8:07pm

One of our board members (thanks Mindy) posted this on FB. I think it is a great article and wanted to share it.


I always knew Madeline was brilliant anyway..... :)

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Tue, 02-22-2011 - 9:50pm

Interesting! Thank you for posting!

It's reassuring, especially because I was just reading about the higher risks of Austism in children conceived via fertility treatments and/or if the mother is over age 35.


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Registered: 08-27-2008
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 12:27pm
Interesting article! Nice to know we have brilliant babies =)
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Registered: 09-12-2003
Sun, 03-13-2011 - 9:31am

well nice in theroy BUT did they take into effect social economic factors (sorry have a masters in sociology). IVF aint cheap, especially if you are not in an insurance mandated state and even then its not cheap, so it pretty much counts out poorer families and in educational stats to be begin with kids from wealthier familes do better, families have more resources to devote to their kids vs kids from lower income families.

also most people are older when they end up turning to IVF and age and maturity of the parent also play a role in parental envolvement. Also does it look at if these kids are only children or are their siblings. Parents of IVF kids don't take things for granted, we waited a LONG time to have that kid and not saying we put more time into it then non IVF parents but it effects your parenting and think that more then just having IVF probably is playing into kids and inteligence.

My IVF kid is in 2nd grade now and from day one the school has stressed number 1 thing that aids in kids sucess in school is parental involvement and not just with homework but just getting involved in the school being a pressence at your kids school teaching by example that you care about his school and schooling and thats one aspect I think IVF parents approach differently. We fought for these kids and we prayed and we waited and they become the center of our world and that doesn't change when they go to school.

The other big thing I think is missing is that they sort of reference, is the see lesser of a difference with multiples, so think if you look at the population of IVF kids as a whole including the twins and triplets who are often born early and do have delays that linger into school age, the difference in the over all population is less.

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Registered: 05-16-2009
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 6:25pm
I have to second this, We pretty much fit the picture of a family that would tend to have higher performing children: higher socio-economics, involved educated parents, education options for the kids , "traditional" values, and an intact marriage. So at the end of the day I don't think it will be the IVF that does it. That being said it will be interesting to see when all the children are grown, we have IVF twins together, I have a naturally conceived child from a previous relationship and he had two adopted children from less than perfect circumstances.

P.S. This is totally one of the guys that helped get me pregnant :)
Sarah, 25 *IVF*First Cycle Canceled. Second Cycle Chemical Pregnancy. *Third Cycle Successful 3 weeks hospital for Pre-E. E&E born July 2010 via emergency cesarean at 34 weeks. NICU for a month. Now home & healthy. *FET with embies from cycle 3- BFN