Calling All Babies!
It’s that time of year again! Annual SART data reporting is nearing a close. This is a special season for everyone at Denver Fertility as we reach out to all our graduated IVF patients and hear of the many, many babies delivered! These heartwarming stories and beautiful photos spark joy amongst the entire staff, recharging our batteries as we prepare for the upcoming year.
What is SART? The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) is the primary organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of assisted reproductive technologies in the United States. This non-profit organization sets the standard for the practice of IVF by providing strict guidelines aimed at optimizing safe effective treatment for patients. SART member clinics agree to uphold these clinical, laboratory, ethical, and advertising guidelines, all while prospectively reporting their treatment cycles and outcomes. SART membership voluntarily opens the door for data integrity audits as well as regular laboratory accreditation inspections through The Joint Commission or the College of American Pathologists.
Why does SART need this data? While the CDC federally requires all ART clinics to report IVF treatment outcomes, those clinics committed to the highest levels of transparency, integrity, and quality assurance opt to satisfy this requirement through SART. While collecting outcomes, SART also curates diagnosis, treatment, and laboratory data for cutting edge research projects improving the entire industry.
Where can I find SART success rates? SART provides annual clinic and national success rates to the public at www.SART.org. The 2021 SART Clinic Reports will be available in March of 2023 after all national data is validated. However, the most recent year of data will be marked “Preliminary” until all frozen embryo transfers (FETs) in 2022 have been closed out. In March 2023, the 2020 outcome data will be finalized setting the live birth rate per intended egg retrieval. This attempts to reconcile the different treatment strategies as many clinics prescribe frozen transfers while others transfer immediately after retrieval.
How can I help?! If you graduated from Denver Fertility following a 2021 embryo transfer, you may soon be contacted by a member of our laboratory team with a request for the required outcome data. Feel free to proactively reach out by email to Lab@DenverFertilityCare.com with baby’s birthdate, weight, and sex assigned at birth. And be sure to send lots of pictures!