World's first IVF baby publishes her story

Louise Brown from Bristol is the world's first test-tube baby. She turns 37 on Saturday 25 July and is marking her birthday by publishing her autobiography.

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Test tube baby tells of the hate mail sent to her parents

The world's first test tube baby, who is from Bristol, has revealed the hate mail her parents received following her historic birth - including some splattered with blood.

Louise Brown when she was just a few weeks old in August 1978 Credit: PA
Louise Brown on her 30th birthday Credit: PA

The birth of Louise Brown in 1978 marked a scientific breakthrough after her parents Lesley and John became the first to successfully undergo IVF - in vitro fertilisation.

Mrs Brown celebrates her 37th birthday tomorrow (Saturday 25 July) and has also written her autobiography.

In it she describes how her family were sent fan mail but also some very nasty hate mail.

It was menacing and scary and considering the time the people must have taken in putting this thing together then sending it across the world to a three-month-old baby I would say a completely sick act by some sick minds.

Imagine how worrying this was for mum.

For a while she was even more careful when taking me out in the pram.

– Louise Brown

Mrs Brown is now a mother-of two and still living in Bristol with her husband, Wesley Mullinder. Her story, "My Life As The World's First Test Tube Baby", is out on 1 August.

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The world's fist test-tube baby, Louise Brown, has called for IVF to be made more readily available and said more people should have access to it on the NHS.

It is difficult to say what it is like to be the first test-tube baby as I have been brought up with it. People ask what it feels like, but it's just always been there; it's my life," she added.

I understand more now and I just think my mum was fantastic.

I think she was just very brave but I suppose if you're told you can't have children, you'll do anything.


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World's first test-tube baby: 'IVF was meant to be'

The world's first test-tube baby has paid tribute to the fertility pioneers who gave her and millions of others life as she celebrates her 35th birthday.

Louise Brown's birth attracted controversy, with religious leaders expressing concern over the use of artificial intervention and some raising fears that science was creating "Frankenbabies" who could experience medical difficulties later in life.

Louise Brown was the world's first test-tube baby. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

There are now thought to be more than 5.5 million IVF babies worldwide and, as she prepared to celebrate her birthday with a private family meal, Mrs Brown said she hoped the public could now see the benefits of the breakthrough.

"When I was born they all said it shouldn't be done and that it was messing with God and nature but it worked and obviously it was meant to be," she added.

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