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Louise Brown, world's first IVF baby, to have child

10 July 2006
Appeared in BioNews 366

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 married in September 2004 and started trying for a baby - and were able to conceive naturally. They are said to be 'overjoyed' by the news. 'This is a dream come true for both of us', said Louise. 'We are so excited about becoming parents and I know that Louise will make a fantastic mother', added Wesley. After the couple married they were asked about having children. Louise said: 'We'd love to have children of our own one day and, hopefully, we won't need to use IVF'.

Louise Brown's birth came after 12 years of research by Dr Robert Edwards and the late Dr Patrick Steptoe, based at Cambridge and Oldham respectively. Her birth, at Oldham and District General Hospital, made headlines all around the world. Recent statistics showed that more than three million IVF babies have been born worldwide since Louise Brown.

In November 1999, Louise Brown's sister, Natalie, gave birth to a baby girl called Casey, the first baby born to a parent herself conceived by IVF - Natalie was the 40th IVF baby to be born in the UK, and her having a child allayed fears that those conceived by IVF might be infertile themselves. She has since had another child.

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5 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross 
'My Life as the World’s First Test-Tube Baby' is a must-read for anyone who works in this sector – especially those who are too young to remember the circumstances around Louise Brown's birth...
25 June 2012 - by Cait McDonagh 
Lesley Brown, the first woman to give birth after undergoing IVF treatment, has died aged 64. She made history when her daughter Louise was born in 1978 at Oldham General Hospital...
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...
28 July 2003 - by BioNews 
A party was held at Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridge, UK, this weekend, to celebrate the 25th birthday of Louise Brown, the world's first baby born from in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in July, 1978. More than 1000 people conceived by IVF, as well as their families and some of the...
26 July 1999 - by BioNews 
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...
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