Happy Birthday Louise Brown

35 years ago, on July 25, Louise Brown was born in the United Kingdom. Why is her birthday significant? Her successful birth made it possible for Mexico Fertility Center to exist today.

Louise Brown was the first human born through the process of in-vitro fertilization, one of the most commonly sought procedures for parents who have trouble conceiving a baby. Thanks to her parents and doctors, many couples from around the world, with the help of fertility clinics like Mexico Fertility Center, have tried and succeeded at having their own children.

Louise BrownLouise Brown’s birth is also the reason why other methods of fertility were developed. Today, the Mexico Fertility Center is able to offer several options for achieving pregnancy to couples who are ready to become parents.

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is commonly used in cases of female infertility due to problems with blocked fallopian tubes. Although not many people know it, IVF is also used in cases of male infertility, due to the quality of the sperm not being adequate. It’s also a last resort for couples whose infertility can’t be explained.

The idea behind IVF is simple. An egg, or perhaps several, are removed from the woman’s body and then fertilized with the sperm of her partner (or sometimes a donor) in a petri dish. The fertilized egg is then transplanted into the woman’s uterus, where, if everything goes according to plan, the egg will become a successful pregnancy.

We wish we could say that IVF is a sure way to have a baby, but it isn’t. Fortunately, doctors and researchers are working on improvements and techniques that keep raising the success rate of pregnancies and births. Mexico Fertility Center is committed to helping couples successfully achieve pregnancy and while that isn’t always possible, they have helped hundreds of couples realize their dream of parenthood.

A great part of the success of an IVF procedure depends on the actions of the future mother. Doctors at the Mexico Fertility Center recommend taking these factors into account in order to improve your chances of having a child:

  • No Smoking (Smoking is the main detrimental factor for reducing your chances of a successful IVF)
  • No Drinking Alcohol
  • Exercising (Obesity is a negative factor)
  • No Caffeine (Not only coffee, but also other drinks with caffeine)

A common question from future parents is how healthy a child born via IVF is compared with a child born conventionally. Some parents worry that such a child might not be as strong or healthy as other children.

By looking at Louise Brown today, we can say “test tube” (a misnomer) children are no different from other children. At age 35, Louise Brown is healthy, happily married, with a job and, most importantly, with a child of her own, conceived through conventional means.

The staff at Mexico Fertility Center and countless other parents and their families want to wish you: Happy birthday, Louise Brown!

Monica Rix Paxson is an award-winning author writing on topics related to science and medicine including the book The English Speaker´s Guide to Medical Care in Mexico. She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and the BBC.