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BREAKTHROUGH: Mother Susan Walker-Dempster and father David Dempster with baby Eva, the result of a new IVF technique.

BREAKTHROUGH: Mother Susan Walker-Dempster and father David Dempster with baby Eva, the result of a new IVF technique.

BREAKTHROUGH: Mother Susan Walker-Dempster and father David Dempster with baby Eva, the result of a new IVF technique.

The first woman to conceive using a breakthrough IVF technique has given birth to a baby girl.

Eva was born in Glasgow on Tuesday thanks to the cutting-edge early embryo viability assessment (Eeva).

The three-day-old visited staff at the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) yesterday with her parents, Susan Walker-Dempster and David Dempster.

The clinic's medical director, Dr Marco Gaudoin, described Eeva as "probably the most important development in IVF in the past five years".

Eeva uses time-lapse imaging to monitor embryos while they are being incubated, and then uses computer software to select the best embryos at low risk of defects.

Pictures taken at five-minute intervals by the computer tell embryologists which embryos are best and most likely to deliver a full pregnancy.

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In standard IVF, embryos are removed from the incubator once a day to be checked under the microscope.

The Eeva system is similar to time-lapse imaging used by other fertility clinics, but it produces images every five minutes as opposed to every 10 to 20 minutes and the results are analysed by computer rather than a clinician.

The first baby to be born through the Eeva process arrived to parents Ruth Cater and John Traverse in Liverpool late last month, but the girl was premature.

The Dempsters were the first to conceive under the technique in September last year, even though they did not know the full details of the Eeva process.

Mrs Dempster said: "We came to GCRM and were asked by the embryologist if we wanted to use this Eeva system just before I went into theatre.

"So we didn't read all the information as you should, but it's not intrusive and we thought it wouldn't do any harm... and here we are today with Eva."

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