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Infertility and Selective Abortion: Steering a Course Between Scylla and Charybdis

RockerbabefromGeorgia Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 1:03 PM
The writer speaks as if a full term delivery was possible, but in fact, most multiple pregnancies of 3+ or more fetus are often lost way before viability. It is rare to see triplets, let alone quads or higher when it comes to successful deliveries. Oh sure, some do survive, but the odds are greatly against this occuring. When I worked in a high risk OBGYN clinic several years ago, we had 3 set of triplet pregnancies in four years, none of the fetus survived beyond 25 weeks of gestation and in two cases, the mothers almost died of bleeding issues. I was so scary for all concerned. I do not envy these parent's choices, but making them feel bad about a very difficult situation does nothing, but create bad feelings.
Reginald10 Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 4:22 PM
If 3+ multiple pregnancies routinely miscarry, then implanting that many embryos is an exercise in futility. A reasonable doctor and patient should only implant as many as can be safely carried; and recognize that there will need to be a second, and perhaps third, pregnancy to get all the embryos born safely.
Larry1764 Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 5:24 PM
If what you say is true, then nature (I assume that God programmed nature) makes that "loss before viability" happen. ¿Couldn't the medical people be watchful for that so as to attend when it does happen and prevent the "bleeding issues" that might come then?
I recall a case where a wife had miscarriages of six pregnancies, before giving up the hope of motherhood. 20 years later, still grieving for the 'boys she had never been able to hold in her arms', other medical problems revealed that she had a severely curved vagina which could have rendered any child deformed who came through that birth canal. Since then she has thanked God for keeping her children "with Him" until she joins them in heaven. Natural resolutions are usually
Larry1764 Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 5:25 PM
better than artificial ones, and then we have more technological help for analyzing and "helping" these than we used to. This is how I see it.
faultroy Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 2:15 PM
Thank you for articulating the issue so well.

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