The World’s First Test-Tube baby Louise Brown 1978

Louise Joy Brown was born at Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, by planned Caesarean section delivered by registrar John Webster She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces (2.608 kg) at birth. Her parents, Lesley and John Brown, had been trying to conceive for nine years. Lesley faced complications of blocked fallopian tubes.

Pioneer of In Vitro Fertilization Wins Nobel Prize

On 10 November 1977, Lesley Brown underwent a procedure, later to become known as IVF (in vitro fertilisation), developed by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. Edwards was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for this work. Although the media referred to Brown as a “test tube baby”, her conception actually took place in a Petri dish. Her younger sister, Natalie Brown, was also conceived through IVF four years later and became the world’s fortieth child after conception by IVF. In May 1999, Natalie was the first human born after conception by IVF to give birth herself-without IVF-to daughter Casey. Natalie has subsequently had three additional children; sons Christopher, Daniel, and Aeron, the last of whom was born in August 2013. After four years her second child died due to medical issues.

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The World's First Test-Tube baby


World’s First Test Tube Baby Born

On this day in 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. 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 gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe and scientist Robert Edwards, had begun their pioneering collaboration a decade earlier. 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.

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

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. Source: ReadMore…

Louise Joy Brown (born 25 July 1978) is an English woman known for being the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilisation or IVF.

In 2004, Brown married nightclub doorman (bouncer) Wesley Mullinder. Dr.Edwards attended their wedding. Their son Cameron, conceived naturally, was born on 20 December 2006. Brown’s second son, Aiden Patrick Robert, was born in August 2013. 

Brown’s father died in 2007. Her mother died on 6 June 2012 in Bristol Royal Infirmary at the age of 64 due to complications from a gallbladder infection.



Born: 25 July 1978 (age 39) (1978-07-25) Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, England
Weight: 5 lb 12 oz (2.608 kg) at birth
Children:  2 sons, Cameron (born 20 December 2006); Aiden (born August 2013)
Family: Lesley and John Brown (parents)Natalie Brown (sister)
Spouse: Wesley Mullinder (m. 2004)
Similar People: Robert Edwards, Patrick Steptoe, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, Rene Frydman, Subhash Mukhopadhyay

First test tube baby Louise Brown 1978

First test tube baby mother Lesley Brown dies

The woman who gave birth to the world’s first test tube baby has died. 

Lesley Brown, 64, who lived in Whitchurch, Bristol, made history in July 1978 when her daughter Louise was born at Oldham General Hospital. Mrs Brown had been trying for a baby with her husband John for nine years before she became the first woman to give birth following IVF treatment.

She died at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on 6 June with her family by her side, it has been announced. She successfully conceived following pioneering treatment by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. She leaves behind daughters Louise and Natalie, who were both born following IVF treatment, her stepdaughter Sharon and five grandchildren. Her husband died five years ago.  Read More…..

Lesley Brown, Mother of World’s First ‘Test-Tube Baby,’ Dies at 64

Lesley Brown, the mother of the world’s first “test-tube baby” — Louise Brown, born July 25, 1978 — died on June 6 in Bristol, England. She was 64.

Her death, at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, was caused by complications of a gallbladder infection, said Michael Macnamee, executive director of the Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridge, where the in vitro fertilization technique that produced Louise was developed by Robert G. Edwards and Dr.Patrick Steptoe. Her death was not widely reported at first Read More…..

Pioneer of In Vitro Fertilization Wins Nobel Prize

The Nobel prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded this year to Robert G. Edwards, an English biologist who with a physician colleague, Dr.Patrick Steptoe, developed the in vitro fertilization procedure for treating human infertility.

Since the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, on July 25, 1978, some four million babies worldwide have been conceived by mixing eggs and sperm outside the body and returning the embryo to the womb to resume the normal development. The procedure overcomes many previously untreatable causes of infertility and is used in 3 percent of all live births in developed countries.  Read More…..

Louise Brown, first test tube baby, is pregnant

Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby”, is to have a baby of her own, having conceived naturally. The 27-year-old from Bristol is due to give birth in January, more than two years after she began trying to get pregnant.

Certain types of infertility are inherited and it can be more difficult for children born through IVF to conceive naturally. But Louise, who married Welsey Mullinder, a security officer, two years ago, did not have treatment. “This is a dream come true for both of us,” she said.

Since Louise’s birth on July 25, 1978, there have been over a million IVF births worldwide.  Read More…..