Brian Lieberman with 'test tube' babies, September 1988.
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Dr Brian Lieberman (b 1942), head of the IVF (in vitro fertilisation) unit at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, with children born after IVF treatment on the NHS, and their parents. IVF is the fertilisation of egg and sperm outside the body. The world's first IVF baby was born in Britain on July 25, 1978. This procedure is now widely available to women who, because of infertility or other problems, would otherwise be unable to conceive. Over 27,000 women are treated with IVF procedures every year. About 8,300 babies are born as a result of the treatments.