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A 1970’s Time Capsule

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On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) is born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown.

Lesley and Peter Brown with Louise Joy Brown (first test tube baby)

Lesley and Peter Brown with Louise Joy Brown (first test tube baby)

The healthy baby was delivered shortly before midnight by caesarean section and weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces.

Before giving birth to Louise, Lesley Brown had suffered years of infertility due to blocked fallopian tubes. In November 1977, she underwent the then-experimental IVF procedure. A mature egg was removed from one of her ovaries and combined in a laboratory dish with her husband’s sperm to form an embryo. The embryo then was implanted into her uterus a few days later. Her IVF doctors, British gynecologist Patrick Steptoe and scientist Robert Edwards, had begun their pioneering collaboration a decade earlier.

Patrick Steptoe (1913 - 1988) and Dr Robert Edwards in 1979. The colleagues founded Cambridge’s Bourn Hall, the world's first IVF clinic, in 1980.

Patrick Steptoe (1913 – 1988) and Dr Robert Edwards in 1979. The colleagues founded Cambridge’s Bourn Hall, the world’s first IVF clinic, in 1980.

Once the media learned of the pregnancy, the Browns faced intense public scrutiny. Louise’s birth made headlines around the world and raised various legal and ethical questions.

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The Browns had a second daughter, Natalie, several years later, also through IVF.

The Browns: Peter, Louise, Natalie and Leslie

The Browns: Peter, Louise, Natalie and Leslie

In May 1999, Natalie became the first IVF baby to give birth to a child of her own. The child’s conception was natural, easing some concerns that female IVF babies would be unable to get pregnant naturally. In December 2006, Louise Brown, the original “test tube baby,” gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who also was conceived naturally.

Brown with husband Wesley Mullinder and son Cameron, Born December 20, 2006

Brown with husband Wesley Mullinder and son Cameron, Born December 20, 2006

Today, IVF is considered a mainstream medical treatment for infertility. Hundreds of thousands of children around the world have been conceived through the procedure, in some cases with donor eggs and sperm.  This made be wonder how many famous or infamous personalities were test tube babies.  I could only find one, Charlotte Homes, Miss England 2012.  Maybe it just isn’t made known.

Charlotte Holmes, Miss England 2012

Charlotte Holmes, Miss England 2012

Next I wondered how many famous or infamous personalities conceived children by IVF?  The answer is many so here are a few of them.

Brook Shields

Brook Shields

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross

Mark McGrath of Suger Ray

Mark McGrath of

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3 responses

  1. While I can’t imagine how it is to want a baby and not be able to conceive one, I cannot get totally on board with this procedure. It begs the question that we get into God’s territory trying to determine who should have a child. Also, as with so many other options for infertility, the cost is prohibitive for so many. Also, so many “unwanted” babies and children out there needing someone to love them, to be their family.
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  2. Birgit says:

    I remember all the hoopla over this back then and thinking this is just the beginning…and I was right. If they are having problems conceiving and are not just impatient, I can understand but it is when they start taking drugs to help and then they have 5 or 6 all at once. Not sure this is the best or maybe I am being a fuddy-dud

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