Elizabeth Carr, America's
first IVF baby born in l981,
tours the Jones Institute

In 1978 British doctors Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe succeeded in conceiving the world’s first IVF baby. On the very day Louise Brown was born in England, Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones moved to Norfolk. As the boxes were being moved into their new home a reporter from the local newspaper arrived to ask the Joneses if the in vitro fertilization procedure could be accomplished in Norfolk. They said it could.

With funds donated by a former patient, a team of young scientists was assembled, and utilizing the advances in hormonal stimulation developed by Dr. Georgeanna Jones they pioneered in vitro fertilization at Eastern Virginia Medical School (“EVMS”). In December l981, Judy Carr gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth Carr, America’s first so-called test tube baby. The Joneses and their team of physicians continued to achieve success, and in l983 at a symposium sponsored by EVMS the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine was inaugurated.

Two years later the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine was organized as a supporting foundation of the Institute. In 2009, the Foundation ceased to be exclusively dedicated to the Jones Institute, and expanded its mission so that its financial resources and leadership would be also available to deserving scientists and organizations throughout the United States.


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