July 17th, 2011
By Mary Ann Roser of the AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Someday Catherine Collins Navarre’s parents will tell her that all babies are a blessing but that her birth also owes a big debt to science.
Collins, who goes by her grandmother’s maiden name, is the first baby born in Central Texas — and only the second birth to be announced in Texas — from a frozen egg. She arrived May 3, almost a year after a woman in Houston used her own frozen eggs to bear twins on May 28, 2010. The babies are among 1,000 such births worldwide, according to estimates by various groups, but new technology is paving the way for more, said Dr. Kaylen Silverberg, an infertility specialist at Texas Fertility Center in Austin who assisted the Navarre family.