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A Fertility Specialist Discusses the Number of Embryos to Transfer with IVF, Multiple Births & Octomom
Octomom and IVF – before June of 2008
- In June of 2008, Nadya Suleman was a single, unemployed mother of 6 children
- According to reports, she was receiving some “public assistance”
- All six of her children were reportedly conceived through in vitro fertilization
- All 6 kids were under 7 years old, including 2 year old twins
Then, she does IVF again
- In June of 2008, her IVF doctor transferred 6 frozen-thawed embryos to her uterus.
- Apparently, all six embryos survived – and 2 split into identical twins – so she ended up with eight fetuses growing in her uterus.
- Nadya declined having a fetal reduction procedure. Reduction can be done to selectively reduce the number of fetuses.
- The vast majority octuplet pregnancies would be expected to result in death of all fetuses after a severely premature birth.
- In her case the pregnancy progressed to viability. All 8 babies were born (prematurely) in January of 2009.
- This is apparently only the second living set of octuplets ever born in the United States.
Public debate rages
- Is she a fit mother?
- Should the fertility specialist have been willing to treat her at all?
- How many embryos should the doctor have transferred to her uterus?
- Should a physician that transfers that many embryos to a 33-year-old be sanctioned – or even lose his medical license?
- Why doesn’t the government pass laws to control fertility doctors?
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Richard Sherbahn, MD is a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist.
Dr. Sherbahn founded the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago in 1997.
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