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The 250,000th IVF baby was born in February last year, according to figures released by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

The British Fertility Society welcomed the milestone, saying it was great news for patients and their families. The figures show a sharp rise in the number of IVF and other assisted-reproduction treatments over the 25 years since the HFEA was established.

In 1991, 6,146 women received 6,609 IVF treatments, resulting in 1,226 live births. By 2013 this had risen to 52,288 women receiving 67,708 cycles of IVF, from which 15,283 babies were born.

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