The world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, will be at the Fertility Show at London’s Olympia on November 5 and 6 as the special guest of newly-launched fertility magazine, IVFbabble.com
Louise, whose birth on July 25, 1978, caused a worldwide sensation and began the IVF phenomenon, bringing hope to millions of childless couples, will be signing copies of her book, My Life as the First Test Tube Baby, which chronicles how her family became the first and the impact it had on them as Louise grew up.
Louise’s mum Lesley Brown was the first person to have successful IVF treatment after ten years of trying for a child.
IVF pioneers Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards helped Lesley but the birth led to a storm of controversy world-wide with Louise dubbed the ‘test-tube baby’.
It was not until 2010 that Robert Edwards’ contribution to society was recognised with a Nobel Prize.
Today there are more than six million people in the world conceived through IVF.
Louise said: “It is amazing how IVF just keeps developing and how many people have been helped. Compared to today’s science my mum went through a relatively simple process. I grew up at the centre of the debate about the morality of In Vitro Fertilisation as the church, politicians and the medical profession got to grips with it.
“It is now a real option for many people who cannot conceive naturally but people still need help, support and information. I’m pleased that IVFbabble.com has been launched as an online magazine. It is lively and fun and I think people will find it an easier and more exciting way to get the information they need without wading through medical leaflets or attending lectures.”
Co-founders of IVFbabble.com Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page, who have both had successful IVF treatment, said they were very excited to welcome Louise to the show.
Tracey said: “We are beyond thrilled that Louise will be with us for the two days of the show. She is where it all began and what better way to mark the launch of IVfbabble.com than with the person who it started with? We want to thank Louise and her family for taking the time to be with us and we hope that lots of visitors will be there to meet and get signed copies of her brilliant book.”
IVfbabble.com will be at Stand D12 and along with Louise, there will be several of our resident fertility experts, who will be on hand to talk all things fertility and IVF.
Sara said: “Ultimately, we have launched IVFbabble.com to give people a sense of belonging and community. There isn’t that many options out there for advice or support when you hear the words IVF and infertility. We want to break down the stigma attached to the subject and get people talking about it in a place they feel safe and supported. The website has so much to offer anyone going through IVF, surrogacy or adoption and we will be building on it as the months go by. We can’t wait for people to meet us, our experts and most of all Louise, she is someone very special.”
Louise will be at the stand on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 4.30pm.
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