IVF was pioneered by biologist Robert Edwards who, with gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, fertilised the first human egg in a Cambridge laboratory in 1969. Louise Brown, the first test tube baby was born on 25 July 1978 at Oldham General Hospital in England. The International Committee Monitoring Assisted.
Reproductive Technologies (ICMART) estimates that globally in the last 40 years over 8 million babies have been born using IVF or other assisted reproduction techniques. Today, around the world over half million babies are born each year using IVF or other assisted reproduction techniques with over 2 million treatment cycles performed every year.