If it’s a feel-good story you’re looking for today, you have well and truly found it! A US couple are celebrating, after welcoming the world’s first ‘Ava Baby’.
Now, we know what you’re thinking already – what in heaven’s name is an ‘Ava Baby’?! Well, it’s simply a baby conceived after its parents used the Ava Fertility Tracking Bracelet.
The Ava has been designed to hone in on a woman’s most fertile days of the month, and in this way help her to conceive. It works by monitoring a range of physical measurements including resting pulse rate and skin temperature.
Lizzie McGee and her husband Sam had been trying to get pregnant for a while when they decided to give the Ava – which is designed a little like a Fitbit – a go.
We couldn't be happier for @mrslizziemcgee to welcome the first #AvaBaby into the world: Jace arrived on July 11, 7:48am, at 6lbs 10oz and 19.5". It's been pretty special to be in touch with Lizzie throughout this entire process. We remember talking to her when she first found out she was pregnant, when she was sweating through the hot Utah summer at 7 months pregnant, and even the day she went into labor. Thank you, Lizzie, for letting Ava be a part of your journey. Sending so much love to you and your beautiful family! #avawomen #avabracelet
They spent just under $200 on the bracelet, which is worn at night - and conceived after just three months.
In an interview with USA Today, 32-year-old Lizzie explained: “I would put the bracelet on at night, then sync it in the morning, and find out exactly where I was in terms of ovulating.
“We had been trying to conceive for almost a year. After I started using Ava, it took three months to conceive.”
The couple went on to welcome a son, named Jace, this past July. Lizzie admitted that she only tried the bracelet out of curiosity, and is ‘so shocked and grateful’.
“I love having the first Ava Baby, I think it’s just so exciting. I emailed Ava before I even told my husband,” she said.
This is certainly a very interesting story, given how these ‘fertility Fitbits’ are growing in popularity, with a number of companies producing their own variation.
Interestingly, their effectiveness was also supported in a recent study, published in Scientific Reports, which claimed that monitoring the pulse like this is a great way to hone in on a woman’s most fertile days.
So, there you have it, mums – will you be trying out the Ava, or a version? Let us know!