As ‘firsts’ go, being the first baby to be born via IVF in the USA is pretty huge!
Especially when you consider the fact that the latest report on IVF and other assisted reproductive techniques shows that nearly 68,000 babies were born through ART in 2015, at least one million babies born in the US alone with over 6.5 million worldwide since 1978.
Elizabeth Carr, the first American IVF baby was born in the United States in 1981 and the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was born in Britain in 1978.
Elizabeth’s mother Judith had been unable to conceive naturally because of complications during an earlier unsuccessful pregnancy which had forced the removal of her fallopian tubes.
Having decided to try IVF, she was treated at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk under the direction of Doctors Howard Jones and Georgeanna Seegar Jones, who were the first to attempt the process in the United States.
We were delighted to meet Elizabeth in Chicago last month, at the Mid West Reproductive Symposium, and are thrilled to say that she is joining the IVF babble team to keep us up to date on all things IVF stateside!
Elizabeth is both a columnist and IVF babble expert and should you have any questions you would like to ask her, do send these to firstname.lastname@example.org with Elizabeth’s name in the subject box.