IVF is 40 – the world’s first IVF clinic is celebrating 40 years since the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test-tube baby, and the breakthroughs in fertility treatment in the decades since.
After their success the IVF pioneers Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards and Jean Purdy established a clinic to transform a scientific breakthrough into a robust medical treatment. This work took place at Bourn Hall and the clinic is still at lead of patient care and treatment.
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Posted - January 14, 2019
Bourn Hall Staff Summer Party
Posted - August 16, 2018
Video “We’ve come a long way” – Bourn Hall Clinic (IVF is 40)
Posted - July 25, 2018
Louise Brown celebrates her 40th birthday at Bourn Hall
Posted - July 25, 2018
The story of IVF: 6 million babies later celebrated at Science Museum
Posted - July 22, 2018
Jean Purdy IVF pioneer celebrated with memorial service
Posted - July 21, 2018
Louise Brown celebrates the life of Jean Purdy with her living legacy
Posted - July 20, 2018
IVF is 40 in 2018 – the treatment continues to improve
Have you read our latest patient story? Hannah and Jemma talk about their fertility journey to complete their family and the twists and turns on the way.
They both wanted to have treatment to share the experience of carrying a baby, even after Hannah was diagnosed with some fertility issues.
“When we first discussed becoming parents using a sperm donor it was so exciting,” says Hannah. “I proposed to my partner Jemma on New Year’s Eve four years ago and presented her with an engagement ring and the date of our first appointment at Bourn Hall. We both wanted to have treatment so that we could have the shared experience of carrying a baby and had no reason to suspect that one of us would have fertility issues.”
In our latest blog, we spoke to Bourn Hall counsellor, Jackie, about how difficult this decision can be for patients and couples.
“If you are emotionally attached to an embryo, you may see it as a potential child, and that can affect a person on a very, very, deep psychological and emotional level,” says Jackie
“For some people it’s a real dilemma whether to return for treatment with their frozen embryos and how they will feel if they don’t use the embryos themselves. Sometimes this can be a matter of timing and talking to a counsellor can help you decide what is right for you.”