A recent BBC World Service documentary podcast delved into the world of assisted reproduction technology on a global platform and discovered that Denmark had the biggest proportion of children born via IVF across the world
The Changing Face of Procreation looked at how the world views assisted reproductive technology (ART).
According to the two-part podcast, Denmark is only rivalled by Israel for ART, which has a much higher number of IVF cycles per million people – 5,000 compared to Denmark’s 2,700 – but a much lower natural birth rate and higher IVF success rate means that Denmark wins on the proportion of babies in the population born thanks to reproductive technology.
Many attribute the success to generous state funding and a more relaxed lifestyle, but we wanted to find out from someone who lives and breathes fertility in Denmark.
Vickie Budden is a Copenhagen-based acupuncturist and is the founder of the hugely popular Scandinavian fertility expo, Fertilitetsmessen We asked her why she believes Denmark is making big waves when it comes to ART.
“I have worked as fertility acupuncture specialist for 16 years, assisting well over 10,000 women both singles and women in couples seeking to become parents through IVF.
“Aside from my Danish clients, I also assist foreigners who come to Denmark as ‘fertility tourists’. Denmark is a highly attractive place for foreigners to seek treatment, since it is quite safe to be here even if you are on your own, and our very liberal legislations provides equal opportunities whether you are a single or gay woman looking for iui, IVF or even double donation.
To listen to the podcast, click here