The world's first 'test tube' baby was born just before midnight on 25 July 1978 at Oldham General Hospital with "the biggest yell you ever heard from a baby", according to her mother. Her birth, and with it the birth of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment also gave hope to millions of childless couples around the world.

Since 1978 the science behind IVF has benefited from significant advances and technologies like intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and frozen embryo transfer (FET) are enabling many more couples to start a family.