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No More High Order Multiple Birth Disasters -or- Being The Change We Seek

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Howard and Georgianna Jones, vowed to bring an end to the heartache and ruin that comes with high order multiples.

“I take this personally, “ said Kreiner. “Over the years, I’ve become close with so many of my patients and have lived through their high-risk pregnancies, the surgeries on tiny infants and the collapse of many marriages under the strain. We doctors must do more than advise people that single embryo transfer is the prudent choice. We must make it possible for patients to make this choice and avoid the lifetime complications of high order multiples. That means shouldering some of the economic burden, especially for the uninsured and cash-strapped.

“East Coast Fertility certainly makes less on the Single Embryo Incentive Program. But I feel it is our moral obligation to insure that money doesn’t stop people from making the right decision.”

So, I think that this is a great news story. But I don't know if a doctor stepping up and saying that he was a part of creating the multiple birth mess and now he is going to be a part of the solution by developing an innovative program to reduce high order multiple births can compete with laptops, bicycles and daily sex. We will see.

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I totally believe in Single Embryo Transfer for IVF. In order to improve and maximize the chances for implantation we must be sure that we place the single embryo at the "Maximal Implantation Potential (MIP) Point". This requires an upgrade of the ultrasound guidance to "3D/4D Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer". Using this new technique could increase pregnancy rates by more than 10%. This way we can reasure our patients and ourselves that we did the best we could.

July 7, 2009 - 5:25pm

Dear Pamela,

Fascinating article. Thank you for your insight.

I wonder if this article, "Judging Octomom" has anything to do with the Amsterdam conference.


It's the first non hoopla article I've read that explores intelligently and dispassionately the issues raised by the birth eight babies to on welfare mother, Nadya Suleman, who already had six IVF children.

You are in such a complex and emotionally volatile field, Pamela. I very much respect your efforts to bring information and clarity to us.

warm regards,


July 7, 2009 - 3:22pm
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