Monday, June 11, 2007

Congratulations...

Congratulations to Brian and Jenny Masche, who became parents to 3 girls and 3 boys.

This article tries to say that artificial insemination raises the risk of high order multiples, but puts it like this:


The chances of spontaneously conceiving sextuplets is one in 4.7 billion, although the odds improve significantly when fertilization treatment is used...

"improve significantly"? It's a funny choice of words...

4 comments:

Sarah said...

very funny indeed. it is good to hear at least that the babies seem to be in good health, but....wow.

Bea said...

Wow. Six. Yes - strange wording, and also that should be "fertility treatment" - the only fertilisation treatment I know of is ICSI. But maybe I'm nitpicking.

I just feel there should be something in there to say a) most sextuplets are IUI, not IVF, and the risk *can* be controlled - and would be if parents weren't paying for everything out of their own pocket, because b) who would risk sextuplets when the risks (list them here) to mother and baby are so very high, and possibly grave and permanent?

Bea

Rachel Inbar said...

Bea,

I couldn't agree with you more, And, although these babies seem to be healthy and people think sextuplets are so interesting, my feeling is that it is nearly impossible to be realistic about the challenges and enormous difficulty involved in raising sextuplets, particularly in the early years.

Artblog said...

SIX is a lot!

I don't understand why they weren't monitored properly before performing the IUI? Do they not do that in the states.

I've read many blogs where an IUI is cancelled because of just that.