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US IVF Baby has a natural baby of her own

Examiner Bio Fertility News Info 101: First US IVF baby has baby of her own
August 7, 1:11 PMSalt Lake City Fertility ExaminerLibbii Armstrong-BrownPrevious
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Elizabeth Carr delivers baby boy.
Photo: David Comeau
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Fertility Info 101: Polluted Air Stops IVF Babies In 1981, America's first 'test-tube' baby, Elizabeth Carr, was born. On Thursday, 5 August 2010, Elizabeth gave birth to a son, Trevor.

Elizabeth's mother had suffered through three ecptopic pregnancies and was sadly informed that she would most probably never be able to conceive a child naturally.

Although there had recently been a successful IVF birth in England, there hadn't yet been one in the USA and Doctor Howard Jones wanted to change that and, along with his wife Georgeanna, began an IVF program in Norfolk, Virginia.

Even though Elizabeth's parents currently lived in Massachusetts, IVF was still illegal in that state and so they had to travel to Virginia instead.

Soon after the Carr's welcomed their baby daughter into the world in 1981. And now, almost 29 years later that same baby has had a baby of her very own.

Elizabeth is quick to admit that her son was conceived naturally and was born naturally too.

Rather than have her story overly-publicized, Elizabeth opted instead to write her own story in which she states:

I follow the same principle my parents did: If my story helps couples or families learn about in-vitro fertilization, then the loss of privacy is worthwhile. People who have fertility issues deserve to know they can have healthy, normal babies.

According to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fertility treatments led to the birth of nearly 60,000 babies in 2007.

If you would like to know more about IVF in Utah, you can contact the doctors at the Reproductive Care Center.

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