History

At Monash IVF, we’re proud of pioneering history. We achieved the world’s first IVF pregnancy in 1973—and we’ve never looked back. Our dynamic team of experts work tirelessly to ensure our vision for the future is crucially informed by the successes of our past. Resting on our laurels just isn’t in our DNA.

Monash IVF timeline

1971 – Monash IVF was formed

1973 – World’s first IVF pregnancy

1980 – Australia’s first IVF birth

1983 – World’s first frozen embryo birth

The first ever baby was born from an embryo frozen prior to transfer.

1984 – World’s first birth from donated eggs

We achieved the world’s first successful pregnancy using donor eggs, providing women unable to conceive using their own eggs with a vital new option.

1985 – World’s first pregnancy and birth from surgically-removed sperm

We accomplished the world’s first pregnancy and birth from a sperm-retrieval operation (for a blocked sperm duct).

1987 – Development of world’s first sperm microinjection technology

By pioneering the world’s first sperm microinjection technology, the Monash IVF Group paved the way for the development of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment.

1989 – Australia’s first IVF surrogate birth

1995 – Australia’s first birth from in-vitro maturation

A baby was born via growing and fertilising immature eggs.

1996 – Australia’s first birth using PGT (preimplantation genetic testing)

1999 – Our Australian team achieved the first baby born from a vitrified egg

2010 – First Australian elected as President of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS)

2013 – Australia’s first pregnancy from ovarian tissue grafting

In this groundbreaking treatment, ovarian tissue was re-implanted into a woman who had experienced premature menopause due to chemotherapy treatment.

2014 – Australia’s first pregnancy from PGT-A (preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy screening)

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