A first for the first – She was the most famous baby in America after her birth in 1981 following in vitro fertilization. Yesterday, Elizabeth Comeau gave birth to a baby of her own. She shares her story.
By Elizabeth Comeau Globe Staff / August 6, 2010
People have followed my life all my life. I mean, ALL my life.
BS cameras taped my birth, and I attended my first press conference at 3 days old — I yawned through the entire thing. My baby face appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and stories appeared in many newspapers worldwide, including The Boston Globe, where I now work on its website.
I don’t have a baby book — I have five volumes of newspaper headlines and VHS tapes from television announcements worldwide.
Now, nearly 29 years from my birth as the first test-tube baby in the United States, I have my own baby.
When the phones started ringing a few weeks ago, I knew I had a choice: Either write about it myself — though I’ve been uncomfortable about my celebrity — or have someone else do it.
But I’ve never been able to shake the follow-up stories. Not at 10 years old, nor when graduating from high school, nor Simmons College.