Denmark, a country of 5.7 million people, has the greatest proportion of babies born through assisted reproductive technology (ART). While approximately 1.7% of all infants born in the U.S. are conceived using ART, an estimated 8% to 10% of Danish babies are born using these techniques.
But it’s not just the Danish residents who benefit from fertility treatment options. This article also highlights some of the surprising legal, social and financial impediments to ART that women encounter all over the world – and why this has made Denmark such a magnet for women who want to use this technology to become mothers.
“If you’re going down the route of choosing a donor, going to a clinic, putting yourself through all of that, you have to want a child to such a degree that it will carry you through. It’s ammunition for motherhood. And today, I’m part of this whole spider web of other women who have been through the same thing.”— Holly Ryan, mother of 2 children born through fertility treatments in Denmark