Follow Up Blog: I Cannot Believe That She Already Had Six Other Children
I just could not let this pass. I posted a blog yesterday on many issues surrounding the birth of octuplets. After I posted my blog I learned (along with the rest of the world) that this mother already has SIX other young children.
I have been listening to this story and taking in all of the tidbits of information available: the neighbors thought that she was a single mother - apparently the husband has been in Iraq came home for the birth and is going right back; the family lives with the grandparents in a three bedroom 1300 sq ft house; that the mother implanted eight fertilized eggs but never expected all of them to implant and survive; she showed up to her current doctor in her twelfth week and was counseled on her options (selective reduction or maintain the pregnancy) and she chose to continue with the pregnancy. The health of the mother should not be dismissed during the pregnancy of many multiples - what would happen to all of these children if the mother died or became incapacitated.
The doctors read a prepared statement from the mother this morning on the morning shows that requested the public respect their privacy and when they are ready they will share their story of this miracle soon! MIRACLE? There is no miracle here? Do you think this is a miracle?
Let's look at the definition of miracle: an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs; a supernatural act or effect. I don't know......I am thinking that this does not qualify as a miracle - maybe a misstep.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. How this family will cope and what will become of this family. It will truly be a hardship to raise these 14 kids on a military salary.
This highlights the need for more regulation of the infertility industry - too much power put into the hands of physicians or patients? Is there any psychological review done of the family asking for these procedures? Was this some sort of experiment? Why did this mom feel like six children were not enough? I guess we need to learn more about the family. After all we have not walked in their shoes, right? Just something to think about.