About Bourn Hall

Bourn Hall is a supportive place for those on a journey to complete their family. Our aim is to make you feel at home in a caring environment – the ideal place to be when you are trying to start a family of your own.

We offer wide range of tests and treatments to help you have a family of your own – ranging from fairly simple treatments such as ovulation induction through to the latest high tech IVF treatments and techniques.

Our close-knit team of experienced fertility professionals will support you on every step of your journey, giving reassuring advice and creating a treatment plan that’s personal to you.

The type of treatments we offer is continually expanding, as we strive to give you the best possible chance of becoming a parent and making your dreams come true. This includes a range of options to have a family using donor gametes and with many different ways to fund your treatment.

To help you make the right decisions, we use everyday, easy-to-understand language – whether you are talking to our counsellors, consultants or other clinical staff, or reviewing details on our website.

Everyone at Bourn Hall is passionate about following our founders’ vision of being ‘pioneers in treatment and experts in care’.


In 1978, the pioneering work of Mr Patrick Steptoe and Professor Robert Edwards achieved its ultimate success – Louise Brown, the first baby to be born as a result of IVF treatment.

This was hailed as a miracle, but also attracted criticism from all over the world including politicians and religious leaders. It’s now hard to imagine how controversial this was at the time.

Steptoe and Edwards persevered against the odds and followed their dreams to set up the world’s first IVF clinic at Bourn Hall in 1980. Since then there have been millions of ‘miracle births’ worldwide as a result of the work of our pioneers and because they shared their discoveries with doctors and scientists across the globe.

IVF is no longer such a controversial or taboo subject but it is still a deeply personal matter for people experiencing infertility who need special care and understanding. This is still at the heart of our ethos today which ever Bourn Hall clinic you choose.

Several current members of Bourn Hall staff, including several of the senior management team, worked with Steptoe and Edwards in those early days. Our collective experience and expertise – as well as the skills and dedication of all of our healthcare professionals – will help guide you on your journey towards parenthood.