Modern medicine has evolved at an incredible rate over the past few decades, and with regards to conceiving a child, there are so many more options now than there were twenty or thirty years ago. Many different fertility treatments are available for mothers wishing to carry a child themselves, though not all of them are successful for everyone.
One celeb mom who has extensive first hand experience of what it’s like to go through fertility treatments is mom of eight, Kate Gosselin. Kate conceived her twins, Maddy and Cara, after undergoing treatment in 2000. When she and her then husband Jon decided that they wanted just one more baby, they resorted to fertility treatments again after Kate was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Kate and Jon were no doubt completely shocked when one baby turned out to be six, and now she is sending out a warning to other moms who are considering undergoing treatments similar to hers. In fact, it almost sounds like Kate is against fertility treatments all together after her experience.
Kate told the Huffington Post, “I will say fertility is not a perfected science and I’m going to tell you the same thing I tell any prospective parents that are going through fertility that come to me for advice. I’ve said it for years. I’ve said be very careful … I am the perfect example of ‘the doctor had it under control’ and we ended up with sextuplets. We were shocked to death and so I just tell everyone to be extra, super, super cautious.”
Often times when women become pregnant with multiples, the doctor advises them to undergo selective reduction, and eliminate one or more of the fetuses so that the others have a better chance at survival. The idea of selective reduction was never an option for the Gosselins. Kate wrote about the process in her book, Multiple Blessings and said, “Jon and I believe that every life, whether seconds old after conception or a full forty-week term, robustly healthy or horribly sick, fully developed or severely challenged — every life is designed and ordained from God. We would therefore never consider choosing to end that life in any way at any time. Period.”
Do you completely trust fertility treatments? Do you think that Kate Gosselin’s warning to other moms is valid?
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