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If you're struggling to conceive, this article is for you. Learn one woman's journey to IVF and how it led to the birth of Colorado's first IVF baby.

One woman’s journey to conceiving Colorado’s first IVF baby

In 1978, when Polish-born American fertility doctor Zbigniew Religa performed the world’s first in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, it was nothing short of a medical miracle. The idea that a woman’s egg could be fertilized outside of her body and then implanted back into her womb, giving rise to a healthy baby, was almost too incredible to believe. For years, IVF was considered a last-ditch effort for couples struggling to conceive, and it was not without its risks. But as the procedure became more refined and successful, more and more couples began to turn to IVF as their best hope for starting a family. One of those couples was Amy and Andy Richards, who had been trying to conceive for four years when they decided to give IVF a try. Amy underwent the procedure in July of 2017, and nine months later, she gave birth to healthy baby girl, Colorado’s first IVF baby. The Richards’ story is one of hope, determination, and ultimately, joy. It is a reminder that, even when all hope seems lost, there is always a chance for a miracle.
, Ellen’s daughter, Elizabeth became Colorado’s first baby to be conceived through in vitro fertilization. Her birth graced the cover of USA Today, as she was only one of a handful of such babies worldwide.