Per news outlets all over: The fertility doctor that transferred 12 embryos to Nadya Suleman has had his license revoked. If you heard a strange noise, that was me throwing a party in the streets.
Look, I did IVF, okay? I’ve read more about the ethics and practicalities of the procedure than I wish I had. And 12 embryos is so far out of the bounds of good medical practice, it can’t be seen with a telescope.
I have no idea if Suleman was obviously unbalanced and it’s a much more complicated issue if he should have transferred any embryos at all, but if he’d simply said “I’m sorry, it’s not good medical practice to transfer 12, but I’d be willing to transfer two or possibly three” he wouldn’t have lost his license.
By transferring 12 embryos, he deliberately put both her life and the life of her babies in major jeopardy. The fact that 8 survived is astounding, but I can tell you that the chances of many or all of them having major physical or psychological problems is extremely high. And he knew this, believe me. I can only imagine he didn’t care.
When my husband and I did IVF, we chose to transfer two embryos both times, and in retrospect, I wish we’d done just one. You see, during my second pregnancy, I was pregnant with twins for about 6 weeks and that was a pretty horrible 6 weeks. (To say I was psychologically unable to deal with the idea of twins would be an understatement the size of Mt. Kilimanjaro.)
Sorry, but 12 embryos is just dumb. I don’t care how bad the quality of your embryos (mine were excellent, as it happens), putting in 12 doesn’t increase your chance of pregnancy overall, it just increases your risk of a dangerous level of multiples. Y’know, like octuplets. ::eyeroll::
So good riddance to this doctor (who apparently made the same stupid move with other patients), who has made it harder for real fertility specialists and harder for those of us who’ve been treated by them.
Infertility treatments are difficult enough without people accusing us of being selfish “octomoms.”