USA’s first IVF baby Elizabeth Carr turns 40

The first IVF baby born in the US Elizabeth Carr celebrated her 40th birthday in December 2021

Elizabeth’s mother Judith had been unable to conceive naturally because of complications during an earlier unsuccessful pregnancy which had forced the removal of her fallopian tubes.

Having decided to try IVF, she was treated at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk under the direction of Doctors Howard Jones and Georgeanna Seegar Jones, who were the first to attempt the process in the United States.

Elizabeth was delivered at Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia by Dr. Mason Andrews weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces, and born on December 28, 1981.

The 40-year-old is the 15th child in the world to be born via IVF and is an advocate for fertility, along with the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown

The mother-of-one told the New York Times it took a long time to adjust to her life in the media spotlight.

She said: “I was always aware I was the spokes-baby and so I needed to behave properly, be articulate, be able to communicate effectively. I couldn’t just be a rebel and a jerk. I knew that people would look at anything I did.”

Elizabeth joined IVF babble as a columnist and remains a loyal friend 

She said in her most recent article: “Today the global figure of babies born through IVF is in excess of eight million.

“For those born through IVF, it’s a beautiful thought that our parents have gone one step further to have a family. The realisation of how many families have now been created through IVF is incredible.”

To celebrate her 40th, Elizabeth has joined forces with RESOLVE to raise funds to support increased access to care in the US

RESOLVE and Carr are working together to raise $40k for the 40 years of service. Funds will support critical RESOLVE initiatives, including access to care programs such as Coverage at Work and advocating for state insurance laws, as well as RESOLVE’s free support group program that ensures everyone has access to the emotional support they deserve.

“In many ways, the United States is far behind other countries when it comes to access to reproductive medical care for family building, and we have a long way to go. Fundraising to support the critical advocacy work that RESOLVE does is imperative if we are going to move toward coverage for all,” said Carr.

RESOLVE kicks off the campaign with a virtual birthday card that a person can sign once they make a donation.  The campaign continues through May 8, 2022, Mother’s Day.  Those who donate to the campaign will be invited to join Elizabeth for a special book club with the upcoming release of her memoir, as well as be invited to the only interview with Elizabeth and her mother, Judith Carr.

“Happy Birthday Elizabeth! We’ve come so far in 40 years, but there is still so much work to be done so that access to family building options is available to everyone who needs it,” commented Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “This is an incredible milestone in family building history, and I’m so grateful that Elizabeth Carr continues to raise awareness about infertility and family building options.”

Elizabeth, we wish you a wonderful milestone birthday and encourage everyone to help spread the word about RESOLVE and Elizabeth’s fantastic campaign to improve access to care in the US.

To learn more about this campaign visit Elizabeth Carr’s personal fundraising page.

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