I've been in Dublin for the past five days (accounting for the silence here). I head home tomorrow morning. I had heard about the octuplet
birth before the trip, but didn't pay much attention. This evening my friend Susan brought this follow-up story
in The Guardian
to my attention. I will start by saying that my own beautiful son August was born thanks to IVF
. I will also say that I am familiar with the obsessions that so often accompany fertility problems. It is fair to say that those obsessions and the pathologies they generated went a good deal of the way toward destroying my relationship with August's mother. The obsessions and pathologies were not all hers. Not by a long shot. But they were lethal.
So when I read in this story that the mother of the octuplets
, who were themselves conceived via IVF
, had six
other children - also all conceived via IVF
- terribly disturbing. Not only is the woman apparently certifiable, but the doctor who performed the fertility treatments should lose her or his license. Oh - and I think that the state should remove all the children from the home. It is not possible that living in a home with 13 siblings and a single parent (who deliberately chose to create that circumstance) is in the best interest of any of those kids.