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Louise Joy Brown (born July 25, 1978, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England) was the world's first baby to be conceived by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.
Brown was born to Lesley and John Brown, who had been trying to conceive for nine years, but without success because of Lesley's blocked Fallopian tubes. On November 10, 1977, Lesley Brown underwent the procedure by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards.
Although the Browns knew the procedure was experimental, the doctors did not tell them that no case had yet resulted in a baby. This has raised questions of informed consent. Brown was born at 11:47 p.m. at Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, through a planned caesarean section delivered by registrar John Webster. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces (2.608 kg) at birth. Her birth was videotaped. She has a sister, Natalie, also conceived through IVF.
She is currently a postal worker and was previously a nursery nurse at a childcare centre in Bristol.
Brown married on September 4, 2004. She gave birth on December 20, 2006 to a baby boy, after trying to get pregnant for around six months. The child was conceived naturally. Her son was born in Bristol, England weighing just under 6 pounds. 
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