The mother of a woman who gave birth on Monday to octuplets said her daughter already has six children at home and was undergoing fertility treatment.
Who is this woman's physician. If you already have six children, do you need fertility treatment? I think not. Based on this I feel that this was a deliberate attempt to have a large number of children at one time to take advantage of some notoriety and the aforementioned rewards for irresponsibility.
In her written statement delivered by Dr. Karen Maples of the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in California, the woman who delivered eight babies in five minutes said she would soon make public the details of her "miraculous experience."
Gee, I really hate to be a party pooper, but there is nothing "miraculous" about giving birth to eight children after receiving fertility treatments and electing not to have the number of embryos reduced after being told that she was carrying multiples.
Other reasons that this was irresponsible behavior:
-The babies were born nine weeks premature
-A large team of medical professionals was required to handle the birth and subsequent care of eight premature babies, there are two nurses assigned to each child
-The babies will be in the hospital for about eight weeks
-The mother is still unable to hold her own children, apparently she is touching them, but I expect that most of their care is being provided by their nurses
-Mom has been hospitalized for the past seven weeks because of the high risk of this pregnancy
The medical resources devoted to this one family seems so greedy to me. The future medical costs of caring for children who were born immature should also be taken into account. I wonder how much it costs to provide the medical team and the lengthy hospital stays of both mother and babies.
Additionally, the future mental health issues that these children will face must also be considered. Children need to bond with someone fairly quickly otherwise may be at risk for reactive attachment disorder. Reactive attachment disorder may be uncommon however it is very scary and very real. Just ask Nancy Thomas. Read her book Dandelion on My Pillow, Butcher Knife Beneath to get a feeling for living with reactive attachment disorder. There is no possible way that one woman can care for eight infants, we are not made that way (just count your nipples). Some of the older children will be taking on child rearing duties, not the end of the world, it happens in a lot of families and used to happen quite often in the past but I submit that childhood usually does not last long enough and the older children will be ripped off of some of their opportunity for childhood.
Her husband is a contractor in Iraq, which I hear pays well, not that they will need it. Let's just wait for the suckers to start donating items to this "family in need."