As a former fertility patient, I'm outraged at the mother of octuplets and her fertility physician. I hope people will realize that she, without a doubt, is the exception to the rule in the world of fertility medicine and treatment.
I volunteered for years with a national infertility support organization and have met dozens of couples for whom treatment was expensive and miraculous when it was a success. The vast majority of people who seek fertility treatment are people who want to have one baby, possibly a second, but I find it interesting that my husband and I, both professionals, had to scrimp and save to pay for our in-vitro fertilization, and after five attempts, we were blessed with one healthy embryo that resulted in a healthy son born.
Our health insurance didn't cover it and because we were both hard-working and gainfully employed, we did not have state disability payments or welfare to supplement our fertility treatment, like the octuplets' mother. I am appalled that she has cast a negative light on the world of fertility medicine, which has helped so many thousands of women give birth around the world.
This brings up an interesting point: what is the success rate for infertility treatment for couples who are actually infertile?
The nice lady who is a mother of 14 was not in fact infertile. She had perfectly healthy eggs. She did not have, as far as I can tell, a history of miscarriages. She was using IVF, not primarily because of a medical infertility problem. She was using IVF because of a social problem: she doesn’t have a husband.
I view the fertility industry’s claims for success with great skepticism. They inflate their success rates by including people like Nadya Suleman. Her success rate has nothing to do with the success rate likely to be achieved for a couple who is actually infertile.