40 Year of IVF- World’s 1st Test Tube Baby Louise Brown Shared her Life Experience with the World on Her 40th Birthday

40 year ago on July 25th, 1978, a New born baby created history by becoming the world’s 1st ever test Tube baby. Louise Brown was born in July 1978 after her parents Lesley and John became the first couple to successfully undergo Vitro Fertilisation a.k.a. IVF. At that time the girl witnessed the historical moment of medical science that also brought many controversies. Her birth in 1978 became a sensation around the world and she grew up in the centre of the debate about the ethics of the birth procedure.

At one end IVF or Vitro Fertilisation proved to be a great hope to millions of couples throughout the world who cannot have Baby and on other hand some religious leaders voicing disgrace and critics raising fears that science was creating “Franken babies”.  Even the patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Albino Luciani (later Pope John Paul I), expressed concerns about the possibility that artificial insemination could lead to women being used as “baby factories”.

40 Years of IVF- Louise Brown

Louise blows out candles on a 40th birthday cake with her son Aiden and IVF babies (left to right) Sophie Simms, Fletcher Stonestreet and Martha Weavers

The World’s first test tube baby Louise Brown underwent more than 60 check-ups to confirm whether she is normal or not, just after her birth. She shared some facts about her birth in her autobiography. She writes-

“This week is my 40 birthday. Like most people, I would probably rather keep that fact to myself. But, around the world, the celebration of my birthday will also see celebrations that mark the 40 anniversary of IVF – the procedure which led to my birth. When I was born, Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, the two men who came up with the technique, suggested my middle name be Joy. They said my birth would bring joy to so many people.”

Louise Brown further added:

“My mum, Lesley Brown, went to the doctor suffering from depression. At the heart of it was her inability to have a child with my dad, John. When they heard about this experiment it gave them hope. Even though it had never worked before it was something to cling on to – and happily led to me being born. Later it worked for them again with my sister Natalie being born in 1982 – by then the 40th in the world.”

However, she also revealed about some horrific things that happened with her family after her birth. Her family received many hate email over the years including the sinister package. But whatever happened the Historical child is living a very health and normal life so far and we all wish her a Many many Happy Returns on her 40th Birthday. The 40 Years of IVF should be celebrated all over the World.


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