In the United Kingdom, the birth nearly a month ago (25 July) of the first baby conceived outside its mother's womb provoked much controversy over the associated legal and ethical issues.
SV: Mrs Brown wheeled into theatre and lifted onto operating table.
CU: nurse with mask
SV: Surgeon Mr Steptoe painting antiseptic on Mrs Brown and sterile sheets placed in position.
CU: Dr Campbell in background with nurse in foreground.
CU: Dr Webster with mask looking down
SV: Dr Steptoe and Dr Webster covering Mrs Brown with more green sheets.
CU: theatre Sister Astell.
MCU: Doctors continue to cover Mrs Brown with sheets.
CU: Sister Astell
MCU: Mr Steptoe
SV: Mr Steptoe and staff operating
CU: Mr Steptoe
MCU: Sister Astell, Mr Steptoe and assistant Dr Webster.
MCU: Mr Steptoe removing baby from mother's womb, PULL BACK TO GV to staff.
CU: Dr Webster
CU: Mr Steptoe hands baby to Sister Marshall.
MCU: Sister Marshall takes baby away.
MCU: checking baby's heartbeat with stethoscope.
CU: baby's head
CU: Mr Steptoe
MCU: Sister Marshall putting baby into incubator and cleaning its eyes.
SV: Dr Campbell and nurse.
CU: baby crying
SV: Mr Steptoe finishing at operating table with Dr Webster and Sister Astell in background.
CU: Baby's face
GV: Drs Hills and Bever and Midwife putting baby on scales.
CU: scales reading 5Lb 12oz
CU: baby crying, PULL BACK TO show Mr Steptoe handing baby to Dr Edwards.
CU: Dr Edwards
MCU: Mr Steptoe, Dr Edwards, Midwife and baby.
CU: baby's face
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Background: In the United Kingdom, the birth nearly a month ago (25 July) of the first baby conceived outside its mother's womb provoked much controversy over the associated legal and ethical issues. Now, the first film is available of the actual birth of Louise Joy Brown, the 5 Lb 12 oz (2.6 kilograms) daughter of Mr John and Mrs Lesley Brown of Bristol. The event gave hope to thousand of infertile women. It proved the ability of doctors and scientists to fertilise the human egg in the laboratory. The birth was by Caesarian Section.
SYNOPSIS: The birth took place at a quarter to midnight on 25 July in Oldham in the north of England. Mr Patrick Steptoe, Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist at the Oldham General Hospital attended to the preparation of Mrs Brown. Nearly 9 months ago he had surgically removed an egg from her and gave it to physiologist Dr Robert Edwards who saw to its fertilisation with Mr Brown's sperm in the laboratory. It was then replaced to develop normally. Mr Steptoe is again ready to remove it from Mrs Brown's body, only now it has grown to be an infant. Mr Steptoe was assisted by an Anaesthetist, a Consultant Paediatrician and nursing staff.
Mr Steptoe considered the Caesarian operation necessary because Mrs Brown had contracted Toxaemia during her pregnancy. He delivered a normal child.
The child was given careful treatment in its first few moments in the world. Checks revealed that it was as healthy as a naturally conceived child.
In 1977 Mr Steptoe had removed Mrs Brown's Fallopian tubes. They had become so distorted that they had caused her infertility, leaving the test-tube method the only way Mrs Brown could possibly have her own child. In normal conception, fertilisation occurs within the tubes, The break-through came when they were by-passed in the laboratory.
The 5Lb 12oz (2.6 kilogram) girl was the product of close collaboration between doctor and scientist. The scientist in the team, and eager to hold the child was Dr Robert Edwards. He is a Cambridge physiologist whose 20 years of research led to the successful fertilisation.