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Mom’s of Multiples

A recent article posted on CBS News discussed the occurrence of multiples for couples who use In Vitro Fertilization, and both the joys and challenges of having multiple children in a single pregnancy. In addition, the article and broadcast story, “Moms of Multiples,” discussed the increase in high multiple births, which occurred during the mid-80s and 90s. IVF, as is necessary with any other technology, has had to be refined in order to create the best results. Whereas originally doctors would implant several embryos in hopes of one developing into a healthy baby, now science has evolved enough where doctors are able to implant fewer embryos with a higher success rate. Today, the success rate for IVF is much higher and a total of 3 million babies have been successfully born via the treatment.

During my 20-plus years as a fertility specialist, I have personally seen these changes, and have been fortunate to be a part of several research studies that are advancing reproductive medicine. At last year’s ASRM conference, we presented data describing the use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis to pick normal embryos. This enabled us to be able to put fewer embyos back in and thus lower the likelihood of multi-fetal gestation

To read the complete story, please follow this link http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/11/sunday/main4086169.shtml?source=search_story


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