U.S.' First Frozen Gamete Baby
Little Noah Domasin, born April 11, 2007, is reportedly the first baby in the United States to result from a combination of both frozen sperm and frozen egg cells. The company who assisted Noah's mom, Adrienne, in his creation is Extend Fertility. Extend has made a name for themselves since 2004 when they first started partnering with clinics to offer the still-experimental oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) technique for the purpose of delaying motherhood. Oocyte cryo was initially used by patients who were about to undergo sterility-causing cancer therapy. Now, due in large part to Extend Fertility's company mission, healthy women who can afford to do so are choosing to freeze their eggs while the cells are still hopefully viable with the aim of using them in vitro for future conception. Adrienne used an Extend-sponsored study held at Huntington Reproductive Center in California for the retrieval and freezing of her eggs, and then later for the thawing and fertilization with a previously frozen semen sample.