In vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, is commonplace. Worldwide, about 350,000 IVF babies are born every year. But do you ever wonder when and how the test tube baby phenomenon started?
In 1978, Louise Brown became the first baby born through in vitro fertilization. Back then, IVF babies were somewhat impolitely referred to as test-tube babies. Fertility pioneers Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards, and Jean Purdy made Brown's birth possible, though. Since their initial groundbreaking procedure, over six million children have been born through IVF. As with any innovative scientific discovery, however, there was a lot of backlash to the modulated birth, especially from the Catholic community. And much of the anger was directed at Brown and her family.
The Brown family pressed on in spite of the naysayers, and Louise eventually became an outspoken advocate for IVF.
Louise Brown's Parents Tried To Conceive For Nearly A Decade
People Doubted IVF Babies Would Be Able To Conceive As Adults
The Family Received Blood-Spattered Hate Mail
People Told The Brown Family To Keep Louise In A Toilet
The Family Was Scared To Take Louise Outside
The Family Also Received Some Positive Feedback