Dr. Eric Surrey, a fertility doctor at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine explains how we can reduce multiple pregnancies by better evaluating an embryo. Adding chromosomal analysis, or comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS) increases the chance of a single embryo transfer being successful.
Dr. William Ziegler, the medical director of the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey explains why the rate of multiple pregnancies decreased with fertility treatments. In IVF, we now do a single embryo transfer and use less medication so therefore it decreases the multiple pregnancies risk.
Nadya Suleman will do anything for her octuplets, but now she admits it was a mistake to have them. The mother of 14, who recently posed nude to earn rent money for her family, has revealed she thinks it was a bad decision to undergo fertility treatments after already having six babies.
A Utah father of recently born quadruplets -- three girls and a boy -- said the babies are "big and healthy." The naturally conceived quadruplets were born Saturday by Caesarean section at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, the Salt Lake City Deseret News reported.
Anthony Consolo and his wife, Natalie, without the help of any fertility treatment, conceived quadruplets. Natalie Consolo said she noticed some spotting early on and feared she was having a miscarriage. Instead, the trip to the emergency room revealed that their family of three, including daughter Dorothy, 22 months, would soon become a family of seven. The chance of conceiving quadruplets is 1 in 500,000. Ninety percent of those who do conceive quadruplets do so with the assistance of medical technology.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last month tracking the rate of twin births over the last 30 years. The study, which spanned 1980-2009, revealed that one in every 30 babies born in the United States is a twin — a sharp increase from one in every 53 babies in 1980. Massachusetts is one of five states where the rate of twinning has increased more than 100 percent in 30 years.
The number of twins born each year in New Hanover County has increased by more than 60 percent since 1989, on par with both statewide and national surges of multiple births in the last 20 years that experts attribute partly to the increasing use of fertility drugs in older women. Going forward, William H. Cooper IV, who specializes in gynecology, infertility and reproductive endocrinology out of a private practice in Wilmington, expects the rate of twin births to stay stagnant or decrease.
The number of twins born in New Zealand has almost doubled since 1980, but twin birth rates have leveled off in recent years as fertility treatments become more refined. New Zealand statistics show that twin birth rates in New Zealand since 2000 have stayed at around 27 to 30 twins in 1,000 births — compared to 33 per 1000 births in 2009 in the United States.