Back in July 1978, Leslie Brown became the proud mother of her first child, Louise. The birth of a single baby girl may not sound like groundbreaking news, but Louise was the first baby created by IVF. A study now estimates that she has been joined by another five million people worldwide born thanks to assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
This figure was presented at the 28th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Istanbul, Turkey, and includes babies born after IVF and ICSI. In the latter technique, the sperm is injected directly into the egg as a step of IVF.
Dr Allan Pacey, chairman of the British Fertility Society, told BBC News: ‘I think it’s significant that we’ve got to five million. It’s far more socially acceptable than it has been over the last ten or 20 years.’
Talking to the Daily Telegraph, he added: ‘I think it’s more than just older women relying on