Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby will meet Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first IVF person born in the USA for the first time in June
The historic meeting will take place on stage at the Midwest Reproductive Symposium international (MRSi), a world-renowned three-day Symposium dedicated to the life and science of fertility, in Chicago.
Dr Angie Beltsos, CEO and Medical Director of the Vios Fertility Institute, Chicago, said: “We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s program and special guests. I was so pleased to have met Louise Brown, in England, and Elizabeth Carr, in Boston. They have accepted our invitation to join us in Chicago we are ecstatic that they are attending, which will inspire and humble us all.”
Dr Beltsos bumped into Louise on the IVF Babble Stand at the Fertility Show in London last year. When Louise Brown was born in Europe, so was In-Vitro Fertilization. Three years later, America would also have its first test-tube baby, Elizabeth Carr. The conception of these children would go on to be the beginning of millions and millions of IVF procedures and babies, worldwide.
Louise said: “I have spoken to Elizabeth before but we have never actually met. I’m really excited about meeting her. We have a lot in common due to the media spotlight on us as we grew up.”
Louise Joy Brown, born July 25, 1978 at 11:47pm by cesarean section, was the first person ever to be born by science, rather than nature.
This event, creating shockwaves for politicians, medical professionals and the church, also paved the way for millions of childless couples to have hope that their infertility problems were solved. Although Louise’s parents were adamant about staying out of the media, they also knew they could not have a child the natural way and was therefore thrust into the limelight in order to achieve their dream of having children. Louise’s mum, Lesley, co-authored a portion of Louise’s book, “My Life as the World’s First Test-Tube Baby” with journalist, Martin Powell, before her death in 2012.
In Louise’s book she states: “It occurred to me that I now have a role to play following the deaths of all of the people that brought me into the world.”
Her book certainly keeps their memory alive. Louise will be signing and selling her book, for charity, at the Midwest Reproductive Symposium international, which is held on June 15 to 17, 2017 at The Drake Hotel, in Chicago.
December 28, 1981 was America’s chance to join the world in solving the fertility issues of many infertile couples.
Elizabeth Jordan Carr was born at 7:46 am, by cesarean section at a hospital in Virginia. Her mother, and doctors, assuming the media would be as crazed at it was years earlier in Europe, checked in to the hospital under an assumed name.
Raising Little Elizabeth under a sea of celebrity was not easy and eventually, uncomfortable of the media attention, Elizabeth changed her name. With a few years of peace and quiet under their belt, naturally conceiving their own child, they decided to tell her story. Being a journalist and following the same beliefs she was raised with as a child, she wanted to help others with infertility issues, writing and publishing several articles about her life and journey as an adult.
Today, just shy of 40 years after the miracle and scientific breakthrough of In-Vitro Fertilization, the fertility world continues to strive for better technology and the relentless pursuit of excellent patient care. For millions of infertile patients, this means the difference between no children and the joy of life and family.