In 1978 the life of Lesley and John Brown changed forever when a group of scientists made the world's first Lab-Grown Baby. They finally had the chance to be parents thanks to the dedication and advancement in science and healthcare. This 25th July marks almost 44 years since the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was born. While this amazing breakthrough was highly controversial at the time, IVF is today commonplace. IVF lab-grown babies are the future of human reproduction. Today the 1-2% of all children born are born through IVF. Let’s quickly look at the years of advancement in chronological order:
1827: Scientists first discovered the existence of ova, or eggs, in the female body.
1920s and 30s: the hormones progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone were all identified, and their roles in reproduction and pregnancy were closely studied.
1944: Dr. John Rock of Harvard reported that the first US fertilization of human eggs in a laboratory dish (in vitro) had occurred in his lab.
1978: First test-tube baby Louise Brown is born.
Today, IVF has helped childless couples with a promise of giving them a ray of hope. With over 8 million babies, it is certain that the world has accepted this medical marvel.
Many couples doubt that children born with the help of technology can be born abnormal or unhealthy. But, according to several IVF specialist, children born with IVF are as normal as naturally born babies. The IVF process is as natural as the reproductive process. The only difference is that the embryo is processed in the laboratory.
IVF is named after the Latin word 'vitro' which means 'glass'. Like glass there is one other product that has been subject to advancement like never before – Diamonds.
Lab Grown Diamonds are just like test tube babies grown from a single seed of Diamond under the same heat and pressure like in the crust of mother earth. They are ecologically friendly as they do not scar the earth with mining. Since they avoid the stigma of blood-diamonds there has been a worldwide acceptance for this category. Sustainable or 'earth-friendly' diamonds are those that have been ethically sourced, grown in a lab using environmentally-sound practices, or a recycled diamond that has been reused, reset, or resized. These are not cubic zirconia. They are the closest match to a natural mined diamond.
The world has accepted lab-grown diamond jewellery much like they have accepted IVF babies. Today we live in a world that gives you an option for a sustainable future, today we celebrate and bring awareness to advancement, to technology, to the early adopters, to the visionaries that led the way to create beauty with love.
To every baby born naturally or through IVF – May you shine bright like a Lab-grown Diamond