This wonderful, challenging, rewarding and at times heart breaking field of reproductive medicine is ever changing and expanding with new technologies, treatments, and techniques. All with the goal of welcoming new life into this world. To continue to innovate and push our field forward, it is important to look back at where we started and how far we have come.
Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, was born on July 25, 1978 in Oldham, England weighting 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Her birth was a ground breaking occasion splashed across newspaper headlines around the world! Patrick Steptoe, an obstetrician and gynecologist, Robert Edwards, a biologist and physiologist, along with nurse Jean Purdy were the pioneers of what would become known as in vitro fertilization or IVF. A medical breakthrough, allowing millions of people to realize their dreams of parenthood after being told natural conception wasn’t in the cards for them. Louise was and is the embodiment of hope and the dream of becoming a parent.
I met Louise in 2016 at the London Fertility Show. To meet the baby who set forth the path that would become my life’s work as a reproductive endocrinologist was unimaginable. This meeting is one of a handful of moments that I rank at the top of my most unforgettable professional experiences. I have since been lucky enough to get to know Louise the woman. Her warm personality, humbleness and quick wit make are unmatched. She was born into something she had no say in but has chosen to take her story and be an ambassador for IVF and the fertility field. She is spreading awareness around the world on a cause that affects so many.
At Vios Fertility Institute, we are proud to team up with Louise and help spread awareness and education on fertility health and the many different paths to realizing the joys of parenthood! The more our global community understands about their fertility health, what is needed to conceive, and options for when things aren’t working quite right, the better we all are.
As our ambassador, Louise will #AskVios the questions that are often pondered by our #ttc community and we will get the real answers from the Vios docs that Louise, you and our patients want to know. The more we all learn, share, and support one another, the better off we will all be in building, growing and loving families all around the world. So, follow along and ask your own questions as we look to remove the stigma surrounding reproductive health and infertility.
Together, we can collectively move the field of reproductive medicine further and realize unlimited possibilities in these next 40 years.
To the future!
Dr. Angie Beltsos
CEO & Chief Medical Officer
Vios Fertility Institute