In the 40 years since the birth of the first “test tube” baby in 1978, more than 8 million babies have been born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, or IVF.
That’s according to IVF researcher David Adamson, who reported on the status of IVF births and procedures around the globe during a seminar in Barcelona, Spain.
Missing from the figures are data from China, which Adamson noted is the world’s number one provider of IVF,
Also missing from the audit is data from more than 1,000 clinics in India.
Adamson said the ever increasing number of in-vitro fertilization births throughout the world represents another steep rise in the cumulative use of IVF in the treatment of infertility.
In-vitro fertilization is a medical process where an egg is fertilized by sperm in a test tube or elsewhere outside the body.
It is used primarily in treating infertility issues and help couples conceive a child.
The first “test tube” baby was Louise Joy Brown, born July 25, 1978, in Oldham, England.
The first American “test tube” baby was Elizabeth Jordan Carr, born December 28, 1981, in Norfolk, Virginia.