IVF Trial

Reporter : Andrea Burns

Nineteen year old Tahlia is part of a club with five million members world-wide. IVF babies.

Louise Brown was the world's first test tube baby as they called them then - born in England in 1978.

Now aged 33, Candice Reid was Australia's first.

Tahlia's mum Tammy grew up in Candice's home town.

Now Tahlia's doing her bit to push the envelope of what we know about IVF babies.

.Half way through a science degree, she's signed up to be part of a study investigating whether the way she started life might impact later.

Based here in Perth, internationally renowned professor of reproductive medicine Roger Hart and researcher Rhiannon Halse are hoping to recruit up to 800 IVF children born between 1991 and 2001 to take part in the research.

The world-first study has a fabulous resource in findings from the Raine Study. For more than two decades, thousands of West Australian children have been tracked from before birth, through adolescence, now into young adulthood. Professor Hart will compare the Raine findings against similar tests done with IVF kids to see if there are any differences.

But is that because they're smarter or because the emotion and expense of having an IVF child means parents give them more time and attention?

Tahlia's parents David and Tammy got lucky first time with IVF For eight years they tried for a sibling.

It wasn't to be, "at the end of that we had to say ok, had to come a time when it was enough and because we'd been so lucky, that was ok."

It's hoped this study might even yield clues whether IVF babies will face similar fertility issues as their parents.

But it's colouring in the broader health picture that interests scientists and subjects, like Tahlia.

And if you'd like to participate in the study visit www.wirf.com.au