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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

First baby for mum born of IVF

26 July 1999

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Medical history was made when one of Britain's first babies born as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) gave birth to a healthy baby in May after becoming probably the first IVF girl to conceive naturally. Natalie Brown, 17, is the sister of Louise Brown who became the world's first 'test-tube' baby in 1978 and who has just celebrated her 21st birthday. Natalie Brown and her 23 year-old boyfriend, Lee Derrick, were reported to be overjoyed by the birth of their daughter Casey. Professor Robert Edwards, who pioneered IVF treatment and helped in the birth of both Louise and Natalie said, 'Natalie is the first IVF child I've ever heard of who has gone on to conceive her own baby naturally. What we are seeing is the second generation of IVF - where children who were conceived by the test tube process are moving on to parenthood. The fears that they may have been left infertile are completely laid to rest by Natalie's baby', he said. Natalie was only the 40th IVF baby born in the UK.


Pioneer of IVF hails test-tube mother's baby
The Sunday Telegraph | 25 July 1999
She's my double miracle
Sunday People | 25 July 1999


26 July 2010 - by Chris Chatterton 
New research reveals why the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC) failed to fund research leading to the birth of the first in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfer (IVFET) baby. The MRC rejected Dr Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe's original grant application for 'studies on Human Reproduction' in 1971... [Read More]
10 July 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey 
Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby, is expecting her own child. Now aged 27, Louise was born after the first successful IVF treatment on 25 July 1978 - now she and her husband, Wesley Mullinder, are preparing for their first baby in January. The couple... [Read More]

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