WOH with 14 kids?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-07-2004
WOH with 14 kids?
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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 5:11pm

Octuplet mother of 14 kids under the age of 8 is planning on financially caring for her children without any welfare assistance.

What kinds of challenges do you all think she will face? Do you think it's possible to be semi-famous in this way and even land a job in the first place?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 10:19am
Yes. The fertility doctor. I do not mind my tax dollars going to pay for necessary medical procedures. Look around you and you will see kids in school whose parents can't pay for dental care and whose teeth hurt so much they can't take a bite out of an apple but the only pediatric dentist in the county who takes welfare cases has a six month waiting list for an appointment. I think we have an obligation as a society to help take care of kids, but I don't think we as a society are obligated to pay for people to have as many kids as they could possibly desire.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-07-2003
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 11:08am
Where does she get the money to have all of these crazy expensive procedures done?
baby in clothes basket
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-07-2003
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 11:11am
They asked me so many times what I was planning to do for birth control after William was born that I thought about wearing a sign announcing my birth control option of choice.
baby in clothes basket
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-18-2007
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 11:32am

Who knows for sure?

Yeah well, that's just, ya know, like, your opinion, man-The Big Lebowski 

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-18-2007
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 11:48am

what separates "her" from anybody else who lives on the system and continues to birth baby after baby after baby


Nothing. That was

Yeah well, that's just, ya know, like, your opinion, man-The Big Lebowski 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 11:59am

ok.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 12:02pm
She got a 168K settlement from a place she used to work. My guess is that the fertility docs did a lumpectomy on her wallet before agreeing to treatment.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 12:07pm

You know, the celebrated McCaughey family, with its septuplets (who were NOT conceived by in-vitro fertilization) has a variety of very serious medical problems among the seven kids. Two of them are severely affected by cerebral palsy; three of them could not swallow solid food until they were three or four years old and required feeding tubes; one cannot walk more than a few steps without a walker and another has learning disabilities as well as mobility issues. That is the usual outcome with mega-multiples. There is severe stress on the mother's body, it is not unusual for her to end up with diabetes, heart problems, blood clots, all kinds of complications. Human beings were not meant to deliver their children in litters.

You honestly think it was responsible medical practice for any doctor to implant this woman with six embryos, given her medical history? It sounds more like Dr. Frankenstein than good medical practice to me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 12:34pm

You know, the celebrated McCaughey family, with its septuplets (who were NOT conceived by in-vitro fertilization)


but they were conceived by another sort of fertility treatment.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: frieda9
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 12:39pm

There is a difference between using a drug that has a chance of producing multiples (and most of those multiples are twins and triplets, not septuplets) and deliberately implanting six embryos (DOUBLE the amount that is recommended under standard medical practice) in a woman. One has a very small chance of producing mega multiples as a side effect of treatment; the other has a rather large chance of producing mega-multiples, which is why standard medical practice says "no more than three" in a woman under forty.

The octodoctor has another patient who is five months pregnant with quadruplets. She is on bedrest in a Los Angeles area hospital, courtesy of the taxpayers of the state of California.

The McCaugheys, by the way, are still driving the 1999 van that was given to them by members of their community.

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