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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-15-07 02:07 PM
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32. I'm not against fertility treatment; but sextuplets should not and need not happen
Edited on Fri Jun-15-07 02:09 PM by LeftishBrit
In the UK, doctors will not use more than two, or in the case of mothers over 40, three embryos at one time. Even though this increases the risk that no embryo will implant, it prevents the very high-order multiple births, where often some of the babies don't survive.

From the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority website:

'Why is there so much concern about having twins or triplets after fertility treatment?
Having a multiple birth (twins, triplets or more) is the single greatest health risk associated with fertility treatment. This is why the HFEA has imposed restrictions on the number of embryos that can be transferred in IVF to a maximum of two for women under the age of 40 and a maximum of three for women aged 40 or over who are using their own eggs (if you are using donated eggs, the maximum is two). Multiple births carry risks to both the health of the mother and to the health of the unborn babies. Twins or triplets are more likely to be premature and to have a below-normal birth weight. Studies show that the risk of death before birth, or within the first week of life, is more than four times greater for twins than for a single baby. For triplets, the risk is seven times greater than for a single baby. For more information, see our fact sheet Multiple Births and Pregnancies: considering the risks.'

I do hope that the mother and the babies will be OK.
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  -Arizona sextuplets' mom stable after heart failure krispos42  Jun-13-07 02:57 PM   #0 
  - bill  enid602   Jun-13-07 03:04 PM   #1 
  - Bet both are the result of fertility drugs. Women and their bodies were not designed to have  sinkingfeeling   Jun-13-07 03:08 PM   #2 
  - I just find something inherently wrong with these scenarios ...  hippiechick   Jun-13-07 03:09 PM   #3 
  - I agree with you 100%. I do not see this kind of thing as something to celebrate.  BrklynLiberal   Jun-13-07 08:26 PM   #19 
  - If this isn't evidence that women weren't supposed to bear litters  wienerdoggie   Jun-13-07 03:09 PM   #4 
  - I'm glad to hear  StarryNite   Jun-13-07 03:26 PM   #5 
  - Not just bad for the mom  Mz Pip   Jun-13-07 03:54 PM   #6 
  - Fertility Drugs  janetblond   Jun-13-07 03:58 PM   #7 
  - she is not dead  nodehopper   Jun-13-07 08:02 PM   #14 
  - cerebral palsy is common due to brain bleeds and can lead to  roguevalley   Jun-13-07 06:29 PM   #10 
  - I I said in my post upthread.  BrklynLiberal   Jun-13-07 08:27 PM   #20 
  - Listen to Mother Nature...  Inkyfuzzbottom   Jun-13-07 04:08 PM   #8 
  - Agreed. I was unable to conceive, and accepted it  mycritters2   Jun-13-07 08:15 PM   #16 
  - You were wise, I think. Fertility treatments are a big strain on  DemBones DemBones   Jun-13-07 08:42 PM   #23 
  - It is instinctual to want to procreate. Why do we couple?  The Wielding Truth   Jun-13-07 08:42 PM   #24 
  - the original method was to implant 6 and ablate 4...but some women are  Mend   Jun-13-07 05:02 PM   #9 
  - A dead woman and six special needs children.  SarahBelle   Jun-13-07 06:33 PM   #11 
  - I don't support war, the death penalty, abortion, or euthanasia.  DemBones DemBones   Jun-13-07 08:22 PM   #18 
  - Okay, got the number of kids. Is this woman dead now?  superconnected   Jun-13-07 06:51 PM   #12 
  - no, she is alive, but maybe her heart will never be the same  Mend   Jun-13-07 07:49 PM   #13 
  - Pretty sad  rebecca_herman   Jun-13-07 08:15 PM   #15 
  - But that's the point--neither these parents nor these doctors  mycritters2   Jun-13-07 08:17 PM   #17 
     - These procedures *can* be done responsibly, however  rebecca_herman   Jun-13-07 08:29 PM   #21 
        - We'll have to agree to disagree  mycritters2   Jun-13-07 08:39 PM   #22 
  - Sort of OT semi-rant - why is it OK to have umpteen kids you can't support via medical science  Shallah   Jun-13-07 09:07 PM   #25 
  - The septuplets father runs around giving speeches for big bucks  Ilsa   Jun-13-07 09:44 PM   #26 
  - this is the disconnect that bothers me. Heaven forbid the poor get some food stamps  Shallah   Jun-14-07 01:01 AM   #28 
  - Damn, well said Shallah  WindRavenX   Jun-13-07 11:28 PM   #27 
  - Excellent questions, You need to ask the people who see these extra-multiple births  sinkingfeeling   Jun-15-07 09:58 AM   #29 
  - Because this is America  Generator   Jun-15-07 11:51 AM   #31 
  - Does this couple dare file a malpractice lawsuit?  fortyfeetunder   Jun-15-07 10:49 AM   #30 
  - I'm not against fertility treatment; but sextuplets should not and need not happen  LeftishBrit   Jun-15-07 02:07 PM   #32 

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