contact us

Hi! Please leave us your message or call us at 01.800.123.456

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form


Where is she now? Checking in on the first eIVF baby

Believe it or not, IVF is a fairly modern fertility technology. When researchers first tried to introduce it just over forty years ago, most people were skeptical.

January 31, 2020
Jenalee Janes

Heading image courtesy of Science News, © SCIENCE MUSEUM, JODY KINGZETT.

Believe it or not, IVF is a fairly modern fertility technology. When researchers first tried to introduce it just over forty years ago, most people were skeptical. Could a baby that had been created in a lab really be “natural”? Nevertheless, all doubts were assuaged on July 25, 1978, when Louise Brown became the first baby to be born as a result of in vitro fertilization.

The First Baby Born By IVF: Then

Both Louise’s conception and birth faced a lot of controversy back in 1978. Her parents, Lesley and John, had been trying to conceive for some time before they found out that there was an issue with fertility, specifically.

Two gynecologists, however, Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, were spearheading a new way to help women conceive--called in vitro fertilization. For the first time, women might be able to have their eggs extracted and fertilized outside of their bodies, and then reimplanted after the fact.

Lesley and John, willing to try anything to have the child they always dreamed of having, agreed to be some of the first people to test out IVF. It was a success. Majority of the controversy surrounding her birth actually stemmed from the fact that it was filmed.

Many people believed that the filming and public viewing of such a private moment was distasteful. In an interview she gave with TIME magazine last year, however, Louise pointed out that her parents didn’t really have much say in that matter at the time. If anyone was truly going to believe that IVF was possible, that it could bring a healthy, happy baby into the world, they would need to see it with their own eyes.

Because of the perseverance of Louise’s parents, millions of other couples around the world have since been able to grow their families with the help of IVF.

The First IVF Baby Today

Today, Louise lives in the UK with her husband and two sons. Despite having been conceived in a test tube, she grew to be a healthy adult. What she finds even more inspiring: she is now the face of hope for many women who are struggling to conceive.

In her interview with TIME from last year, she recounts a time she had been shopping in a supermarket with her husband and kids when she was stopped by a woman. The woman had a child with her who was around the same age as Louise’s own son, as well as a baby in a stroller.

The woman expressed her gratitude for both Louise’s mother and Louise herself. Without the two of them, without Lesley’s perseverance to have a child and without Louise’s existence, she never would have been able to have her two kids.

Louise’s birth paved a way for millions of more women around the world to be able to have children. Since the broadcast of her C-section delivery in ‘78, over 8 million women have successfully undergone IVF, and that number is growing yearly. Louise Brown was the first IVF baby, but there are many more to come.


Also worth a read
Female Fertility

New Drug Found to Improve Fertility in Women with Reproductive Health Issues

A new drug therapy has been found and studied to show promising results in treating women with reproductive health issues...

Details about a new drug therapy that has shown promise in treating women with reproductive health issues.

read more

Here is How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy

There are tons of resources available to promote physical health for people during pregnancy, but less conversation about the mental side of staying in shape during pregnancy. Pregnancy is one of the biggest life changes a person can go through in their lifetime, and it is important to realize that and treat yourself with care, admiration, and love during it.

How to prioritize your mental health during pregnancy.

read more

Granger and Amber Smith Are Expecting After Family Tragedies

Country singer Granger Smith, and actress Amber Smith are currently expecting a baby. This exciting news for the couple and their family is all the more meaningful when considering their family history...

Catching up on Granger and Amber Smith and their family!

read more
easy finder