Landmark birth

Louise Brown speaks out about her experiences as the world’s first “test-tube baby”

Louise Brown (top), the first in-vitro baby, hugs other children born with the help of in-vitro fertilization. RACHEL COBB/AFP/Getty Images

In 1978, Louise Brown became the first person to be born through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Millions of couples have since relied on this reproductive technology to bring children into the world, but at the time, IVF was regarded with fascination and even some hostility. Brown’s birth sparked a media frenzy—her mother’s Caesarean section was filmed and broadcasted on British television—and the Brown family became an object of public curiosity. Writing on Gizmodo, Brown explains: “My family received hate mail – although that was far outweighed by the hundreds of letters saying my birth had given hope to parents who couldn’t have children by themselves. People said I would have something wrong with me. When I didn’t, they said I was superhuman and could move objects with my mind. Some said I had no soul.” Eager to know more? Brown’s autobiography, aptly titled My Life As The World’s First Test-Tube Baby, will be released next month by Bristol Books.

Read the full story at Gizmodo.


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