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article imageOctuplets' doctor: woman expecting quadruplets

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 13, 2009 in Health
The doctor that helped a Californian woman give birth to octuplets is helping another woman expecting quadruplets. She wanted just one baby and has no health insurance.
Dr. Michael Kamrava, who helped Nadya Suleman give birth to her eight babies via in-vitro fertilization, is helping another woman in her late 40s. He has transferred at least seven embryos to her and is currently expecting quadruplets. She just wanted one baby, according to LA Times.
Dr. Kamrava is quietly becoming famous at the same time by impregnating multiple embryos to make these women pregnant.
Many are concerned whether they should bring regulations to this fertility industry. Kirk O. Hanson, ethics professor and executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is one of them.
Historically, we have been very hesitant to regulate anything close to procreation from parents making judgments about how many children they will have and when...However, that worked under a natural process of fertilization and incubation. There are serious questions about whether it works in an era of scientifically enhanced procreation.
The California Medical Board and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine are looking at Nadya’s case to find out whether any rules were violated.
In fertility methods, anyone pregnant with more than twin babies is considered a poor outcome because it presents a risk to both the babies and the mother.
According to the state records, in California, an average of 14 sets of quadruplets is born each year.
In this case the woman is five months pregnant and is currently hospitalized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. She has no health insurance, and it is not clear how she will be able to manage the high hospital fees. The doctors have advised her bed rest until the birth of the babies.
A fertility expert, Dr. John Jain, is worried about this woman, and whether she will be able to cope with multiple births.
Dr. Jain told LA Times:
I do think it is concerning, and dangerous, especially to the mother. She is close to 50. When women get to be that age, our fear is the cardiovascular complications, such as stroke or heart attack. That's how serious this is.
The woman has refused to talk with the press because she is more concerned with her pregnancy and doesn’t want to be stressed.
She has three children from a previous marriage and wanted another child with her current husband, who is in his early 30s and doesn’t have any children.
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