HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 27 (ACN) Cuba is the only country in Latin America that offers completely free assisted reproduction services of high complexity, despite being a costly treatment, said an expert in this capital.
In an exclusive conversation with the Cuban News Agency, Dr. Georgina Álvarez Medina, head of the obstetrics and gynecology group in Havana province, said that in any other country only hormone treatment and ultrasounds range from 17,000 to 20,000 dollars.
She added that this is only until pregnancy is achieved, without including all the prenatal care and other services they receive, which are also free in Cuba.
The specialist said that there are currently 386 women with children through this highly complex procedure in Havana since it began in the country in 2009.
The province works on the study of the infertile couple and also offers perinatology consultations for pregnant women who achieve pregnancy through assisted reproduction.
This has made a significant number of women who had problems to procreate happy and with the development of assisted reproduction the desire to be a mother became a reality.
She highlighted the existence of the sperm bank and the ovo-donation, procedures that are within the Cuban Constitution and family ethics, she said.
She emphasized that in the capital there are examples of pregnant women with ovo donation that their newborns have at this moment.
The specialty two years ago has had a turnaround in maternal fetal medicine and now ultrasound equipment has been incorporated for the performance of doppler flowmetry.
This technology intervenes directly in the growth and functioning of the fetus and gives the opportunity for patients with associated diseases to prolong gestation and not have to intervene early a preterm delivery.
Like other medical specialties, obstetrics and gynecology has suffered the effects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States almost six decades ago, especially with cardiotopography equipment used for tests of fetal wellbeing.
In the case of the critical maternal condition, medication has also been used, although this has always been resolved through a third country, which is more costly, since Cuba has made enormous efforts to save the lives of patients.