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The world’s first test-tube baby has paid tribute to the fertility pioneers who gave her and millions of others life as she celebrates her 35th birthday.
Louise Brown was born at Oldham General Hospital on July 25, 1978, after her parents Lesley and John became the first parents to successfully undergo in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Her birth attracted controversy, with religious leaders expressing concern over the use of artificial intervention and some raising fears that science was creating “Frankenbabies” who could experience medical difficulties later in life.
When Amy Miller was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2008, aged 32, her first thought was how she was going to beat the disease. "I was saying to my doctors, 'Oh my God, oh my God, start doing something now.'" But her doctors suggested delaying treatment for up to 20 days. The tumour was about 10cm in diameter at this point and lay close to her reproductive organs.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced. The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz.
The Duke of Cambridge said in a statement the couple "could not be happier". He and the duchess will remain in the hospital overnight. The news has been displayed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition.
Aisleyne said: ““Sperm donation seems the only logical option. I don’t need a man financially. I can do it myself. I’m 34, my biological clock is ticking and I haven’t got forever.” The party girl says she's had to rethink her priorities since the death of her mother and uncle from cancer last year.
In the past, having children was the priority for men and women in their twenties. But what about today? The average age and attitudes have evolved when it comes to having children. But the topic is still as important as ever.
Sometimes when we’re in our twenties, life brings us other priorities than having children. Then time goes by, and we suddenly realise that something’s missing in our life. This something is a child. Having a child in a beautiful relationship, from a shared desire to create life.
Women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to require a Caesarean birth, say scientists. A brisk walk three times a week halves the risk of having a heavy infant - one of the main causes of the emergency surgery. C-sections have been linked with babies becoming obese in childhood, being more prone to infections and asthma and developing diabetes.
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