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Happy Birthday To The Lovely Louise!

The LWC London embryology team enjoying their 40th anniversary of IVF cakes
The LWC London embryology team enjoying their 40th anniversary of IVF cakes

Today is a special day, Louise Brown, the first IVF baby turns 40.  It’s a momentous day for all of us who work in the fertility industry but also for all of those families we have helped to create. 

Since 1978 over 8 million IVF babies have been born worldwide and more than 500,000 babies are born a year as the result of IVF treatment.  Our patients proudly contribute over 1000 successes each year, thanks to the efforts of our teams across the country.

The birth of Louise Brown was the result of many years of tireless work at Oldham and Cambridge by Robert Edwards, Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy.  The efforts and achievements of this team are reflected in the current Science Museum exhibition “IVF: 6 million babies later” in London which the LWC are proud to have contributed to. 

To coincide with those momentous years, our Scientific and Managing Director Dr Kamal Ahuja, had the fortuitous and immense privilege to work with Professor Edwards personally at the Marshall Laboratory in Cambridge alongside several notable scientists in the fertility profession.  Through his encouragement and personal guidance, many of his students were inspired to start their own IVF programmes.  Indeed, Professor Edwards was a founding Director of the London Women’s Clinic.

As part of today’s celebrations our staff have gathered to enjoy some cakes together and to think about how far we have come, those families we have helped to create and what the next 40 years of IVF will bring.  If you have your own LWC IVF story that you would like to share with us please get in touch.

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