First IVF Baby Turned 34 on July 25, 2012
The First IVF Baby in the News
Consider today's blog a belated happy birthday wish to the first IVF baby in the news.
On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown was born in Manchester, England. Her parents had struggled for years with infertility. IVF (in vitro fertilization) was a perfect solution in that Lesley Brown's fallopian tubes were blocked.
That's what IVF does, it makes impassable fallopian tubes a non-issue by removing the ovum (eggs) from the ovary, placing it in a petri dish and fertilizing it with sperm. After the ovum has been fertilized, the embryo is then placed into the woman's uterus. Presto, no need for fallopian tubes to be open or working properly.
Louise Brown was the first baby to be born due to IVF. My understanding is that Lesley Brown was truly the test case; that there weren't other women who were trying this at the time.
Happy Birthday Louise Joy Brown, and Thank You
My happy birthday wishes go out to Louise Brown, who has since gone on to have her own child, no IVF or fertility treatment necessary.
Even more, though, my heartfelt thanks go out to Lesley and Peter Brown. They took a courageous leap of faith to create their family. Imagine being the first one? There was a lot of pressure on that couple and while I'm sure that they believed their child if conceived would be healthy and intact, there were probably some hidden nightmares. It had never been done before with human beings.
Yes, I believe that Lesley and Peter Brown were brave to have used this cutting-edge scientific technology. I applaud their commitment to creating their family, despite their uncertainity of results. They paved the way for so many of us since then to use IVF, knowing that beautiful, healthy babies are possible even when it may not seem that way.
Happy Birthday Louise.
And thank you Lesley and Peter Brown, for leading the way with a big, bright light.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.