reducing high order multiples
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|Sun, 06-17-2007 - 12:16pm|
MINNEAPOLIS - Half of the sextuplets born prematurely to a Minnesota couple have now died, while the others remained in critical condition, hospital officials said Saturday.
A third boy, Lincoln Sean Morrison, died Friday. Two of his brothers, Tryg and Bennet, died earlier in the week.
The four boys and two girls were born last Sunday about 4½ months early a Minneapolis hospital. Doctors had advised the couple to selectively reduce the number of viable fetuses to two, but they declined.
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Anyway, I thought that this might be an interesting topic here. Reducing the number of viable fetuses may have given the remaining 2 to have a better chance to make it to full term. Is it responsible for people to have so many babies at one time? It is responsible for a doctor to put so many fertilized eggs in the uterus at once? I know that isn't always how higher order multiples happen, sometimes the eggs split to create more.
Do you think that the couple who did the fertility treatments (if this is a fertility treatment case) took gamble and should take what they get? Or do you think that it is best to choose to selectively reduce to give the others a better chance? Would that be more or less painful than losing the ones they have now so close after birth?
I really don't know. I am pro-choice although I would not have an abortion. However, maybe in this case I would seriously think about it. There would be no way I could have had 6 babies at once, and we live far away from family so I would have no help.
What is your opinions?