This medical video looks into the pros and cons of having babies from frozen eggs.
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Jennifer Matthews: Emma Elizabeth has a lot to celebrate. She's about to turn one. Emma is one of the first babies conceived with a frozen egg. Stacey and David Harmon tried to get pregnant for seven years. Nothing worked, including in vitro fertilization. Stacey Harmon: When the first time around didn't work, I was very pessimistic about, you know, anything else working. But I thought, I had frozen eggs, let's try it before we look into adoption. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Jeffrey Boldt says in the past eggs have not been frozen effectively. Dr. Jeffrey Boldt: If you don't get the water out of the cell when it freezes, you get big ice crystals that form that just irreparably damages the cells. Doctor Boldt changed the chemical makeup of the freezing solution that eggs are frozen in. 14 of Stacey's eggs were frozen. Ten survived the thawing process and were injected with sperm. Two became embryos, One became Emma. Dr. Jeffrey Boldt: The neat time is when they bring the babies back to see us. That's what's the fun part. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Boldt has implanted thirteen women using frozen eggs, four have become pregnant. David Harmon: Miracles happen and it did for us. We were just lucky enough to have those eggs frozen. Healthy and happy, Emma is about to get a big surprise for her birthday from her parents. Stacey Harmon: I'm two months pregnant and on my own, no fertility, no anything. Jennifer Matthews: Emma's going to be a big sister. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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