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June 25, 2007 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, Brianna Morrison gave birth to six babies in Minneapolis. Less than a day later, Jenny Masche delivered six babies in a Phoenix hospital. Both of the women had been treated for infertility and had used fertility-enhancing drugs. The two families expressed joy, but many fertility doctors were dismayed. For years, doctors have been pushing to lower the rate of multiple births due to fertility treatment. Not only had two headline-grabbing births occurred in the same week, but several recent scientific papers also revealed mixed results in the eight-year effort to reduce the U.S. multiple-birth rate.
December 4, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Triplets are out, singletons are in and twins are holding steady. So says a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine that examined birth trends in the United States from1971 to 2011. The authors of the report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions, attribute the shift to professional guidelines urging fertility doctors to transfer only one or two embryos to their patients hoping to get pregnant. Those guidelines were first issued by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology in 1998, the same year that rates of triplet, quadruplets and even higher-order multiple births peaked in the U.S. Overall, the proportion of actual births that involved more than one baby rose from 1.8% in 1971 to 3.5% in 2011.
January 5, 1999
Re "Iowa Seven, Houston Eight: a Difference," Column Left, Dec. 29: Unlike Robert Scheer, I do think there is a reasonable way to regulate multiple births: through taxation. We subsidize childbearing under the current tax code that creates perverse incentives. A prudent policy would neither subsidize nor penalize families with two children. But when zero-population-growth levels are exceeded, the tax man should come knocking and the financial penalty should rise steeply with each additional birth.
February 5, 2013 | Matt Cooper
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September 27, 1999
New statistics give legs to a phenomenon seen in American homes and schools everywhere nowadays--twins, triplets and other multiple-birth children are being born at a rapid and unprecedented pace. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, twin births rose 52% (from 68,339 to 104,137) from 1980 to 1997, the most recent year studied. Triplet-or-higher multiple births climbed 404% (from 1,337 to 6,737). Single births rose 6% during the same period.
Even as it strains the imagination, the extraordinary birth of eight babies to a 27-year-old woman in Houston not only poses a heavy challenge to the infants' doctors but also feeds into a larger social quandary about the extreme costs of high multiple births brought on by fertility drugs. Doctors on Sunday expressed wonder at what appeared to be the largest multiple birth in the United States, but they also emphasized that the tiny infants face an uncertain future.
May 25, 1985 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Twice a year, the irrepressible Kienast family quintuplets were delivered to millions of American households in the pages of Good Housekeeping. The New Jersey quints took to the airwaves to show other youngsters how to run faster with Keds. Kodak posed the photogenic five on prime-time TV to show how good those multiple grins looked in Kodachrome. But then the free diaper service ran out. The TV contracts weren't renewed.
November 22, 1997 | LEE HARRIS
Here's the rundown on guests and topics for the weekend's public-affairs programs: Today "John McLaughlin's One on One": Iraq, 1:30 p.m. (28). "Evans & Novak": Nizar Hamdoon, Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, 2:30 p.m., repeats Sunday 7 a.m. CNN. "Inside Politics Weekend": Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, 3:30 p.m.; repeats midnight, CNN. "Capital Gang": Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), 4 p.m., 10:30 p.m. CNN. "Larry King Weekend": Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks Coffee Inc.
A room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange was packed with kids and moms Wednesday morning--but not in equal proportions. For every mother present, there were at least three children. The occasion: the hospital's 16th annual multiple-birth reunion. "It's just a lot of fun," said Valerie Orleans, the hospital's director of marketing and organizer of the event. The custom started in 1982, when five sets of triplets were born at the hospital. "That was such an incredible thing for us," Orleans said.
May 22, 1985 | GARY JARLSON, Times Staff Writer
Patti Frustaci had received doses of the drug Perganol in the course of fertility therapy at a West Los Angeles clinic last fall and the resulting multiple pregnancy was a matter of concern for some experts in infertility. "It is important that people should not be afraid of Perganol because of what happened today," Dr. Sergio Stone, director of the UC Irvine Medical Center's division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, said Tuesday.
January 4, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
About 865,000 more twins have been born in the United States over the last 30 years due to infertility treatments that boosted multiple births. Statistics released Wednesday by the federal government show that twin births rose 76% from 1980 to 2009. One in every 30 births in 2009 was a twin compared with one in every 53 babies in 1980. Twin births rose the most among women age 40 and older, who are most likely to undergo in vitro fertilization and other infertility procedures that increase the odds of becoming pregnant with twins.
October 21, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets and six previous children said during testimony Wednesday that his goal with each pregnancy was to produce a single baby and that Suleman agreed to reduce the number of fetuses if the treatment were to result in multiple births. "We don't really intentionally want to make it a multiple pregnancy ? our goal is a single term pregnancy," said Dr. Michael Kamrava. "However, this is not an exact science.
March 24, 2009 | Associated Press
Octuplets' mother Nadya Suleman has fired a nonprofit group of nurses that helped care for her children, accusing them of spying on her and reporting her to child welfare officials, her spokesman said Monday. Suleman attorney Jeff Czech said the relationship started badly between Suleman and Angels in Waiting, which has been training nannies paid by Suleman at the family's La Habra home. Last month an attorney for Angels in Waiting filed a complaint against Suleman with child welfare officials, seeking an investigation into whether the mother could provide a suitable environment for her 14 children.
January 30, 2009 | Jessica Garrison, Andrew Blankstein and Jeff Gottlieb
The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week already has six young children and never expected that the fertility treatment she received would result in eight more babies, her mother said Thursday. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, had embryos implanted last year, and "they all happened to take," Angela Suleman said, leading to the eight births Monday. "I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful."
January 3, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A mixed-race British couple has had a second set of twins in which one sibling appears to be black and the other white. Miya has dark skin like her father, Dean Durrant. Twin sister Leah has fair skin like her blue-eyed, red-haired mother, Alison Spooner. Siblings Lauren and Hayleigh, born in 2001, also have strikingly different skin tones and eye color. Both sets of twins are fraternal rather than identical, meaning they are from different eggs. "There's no easy way to explain it all. I'm still in shock myself," Durrant, 33, told Sky News.
November 12, 2007 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
Twins boast considerable entertainment value, to judge from the success of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, among other famous pairs. But they have scientific value as well. Because identical twins have the same DNA, studying them can reveal how much of a given trait is determined by genetics and how much is determined by parenting and environment. That is, twins are helping scientists flesh out the nature-versus-nurture debate.
December 29, 1998 | Robert Scheer, Robert Scheer is a Times contributing editor. E-mail:
Were the babies the wrong color? How else to explain that the birth of white septuplets last year was widely celebrated as a "miracle" while what had been the world's only living octuplets have been treated, in the words of a Seattle Times editorial, as "a little like a practical joke." "The latest drug-induced litter of human pups is even larger than the Iowa septuplets, clocking a world record at eight," the editorial stated.
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