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Celebrating 40 years of IVF

On 25 July 2018, Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, will turn 40. To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be reflecting on how far IVF has come and what’s in store for the future. Visit this page throughout July for the latest news and updates.

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#IVFis40 campaign underway

We’re the first place to turn for clear, unbiased and reliable information on fertility treatments and clinics so we’ve kick-started celebrations with our #IVFis40 social media campaign.

The campaign will give you 40 facts about IVF throughout July – follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

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Blog - IVF regulation: ensuring safe and ethical treatment

"Forty years ago, Louise Brown was the first baby to be born from IVF treatment. The public’s reaction was divided. Some were proud that the UK had developed a new way of helping people have the families they longed for, but others were uneasy about the apparently uncontrolled advance of science, which brought with it new possibilities for manipulating the early stages of human development."

Read Sally Cheshire's Blog on the science Museum website

Timeline of the history of IVF in the UK

Science Museum exhibition on IVF

Celebrations are underway to mark 40 years of IVF with the opening of a special IVF-themed exhibition at the Science Museum.

Read the press release

Read our Chair Sally Cheshire's full speech (PDF 52 KB)

Photos of the launch of the Science Museum exhibition

A woman looks at an interactive display at the Science Museum's latest exhibition on the history of IVF A woman examines a piece of medical equipment on display at the Science Museum's exhibition. Next to here is a column displaying various statistics with the title 'IVF, 40 years later'
Our Chair Sally Cheshire CBE speaking at the launch of the IVF: 6 million babies later exhibition at the Science Museum. A man and a woman examine some objects in a glass case at the Science Museum's IVF exhibition. Behind them is a poster that displays an image of Louise Brown as a baby, with the text 'The first IVF birth'.

Review date: 16 March 2024