Infertility Pioneer Sir Robert Edwards Dies

A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see – and hits it. 
~Author Unknown

<side note before I get into my post> I have taken a social media break from Twitter and Facebook and am only selectively reading certain blogs at the moment. It hurts too much to do anything else. I can’t continue to see happy babies and newborns, people announcing pregnancies, and people complaining about their kids/pregnancy. I know I’ll end up doing the same things they are if we ever had kids and it’s not their problem. It’s mine.

So I decided to do something about it. So far, I’ve made it three days and it is helping, but I have a long way to go. I’ve learned that no one (save one person) misses me in a three day absence, so it might actually be for the best to step away from social media more often once I get back from it. I don’t want to get really wrapped up into it.   While I think blogging is social media, I can choose which blogs to read and writing them myself helps get my feelings out. I love writing and it’s definitely cathartic.  <end side note>


I just learned this morning that Nobel Prize winning IVF pioneer Sir Robert Edwards has died at the age of 87 (he was knighted for his work in 2011). His work led to the birth of Louise Brown, the first “test tube baby,” in 1978. Imagine that. We’ve only had the option of IVF for 35 years. I recently read that since then, 200,000 babies have been born through IVF (I’m not sure how accurate that number is, but I’m sure it’s in the ballpark).

That’s 200,000 babies who found the parents who had been longing for them so much that they gave their bodies over to injections and drugs and science in order to receive their miracles. I hope that we don’t have to go that route, but it is comforting to know that option is there, thanks to a British genius.

Sir Edwards has made a huge impact on this world and his work will live on forever. He has brought hope and joy into the lives of many and has helped create thousands of families.

Sir Robert Edwards… thank you. Thank you for everything.



6 thoughts on “Infertility Pioneer Sir Robert Edwards Dies

  1. Take care of yourself. You have to have your health and a positive outlook and if stepping back helps you, that’s what you should do. I keep you in my prayers.

  2. I miss you:) I just thought you were busy with work/school!

    And I TOTALLY understand. I did the same thing. You do what you need to do for YOU. We’ll all still be here when you get back!

  3. Thank you Sir Robert Edwards, may he rest in peace!

    I know we’ve only met once in real life, but if you ever want an extra ear to listen, I’m here. I know it would be hard since I do have kids already, but I’m always willing to listen, sit in silence, give a hug, whatever you want. Just know I’m here and am willing (and want) to support you in whatever way you want me to.

  4. I love this post. My twin siblings were born through IVF and I am so grateful to Sir Edwards for his work. This is the first time I’ve stopped by your blog (I think), but I understand the need to step away from social media. If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t do it.

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