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Informed Consent and Multifetal Reduction Standard

 Informed Consent and Multifetal Reduction by Bernard W. Freedman, Bioethicist The New York Times ran a story on October 12, 2009, addressing the issue of multiple pregnancies after In Vitro Fertilization, IVF or intrauterine insemination IUI, and hormone therapy.  This article by Stephanie Saul, “Grievous Choice on Risky Path to Parenthood,” follows the patient Amanda Stansel, who, after being told she was carrying six fetuses, decided to reject multifetal reduction and accept the risks for herself and her children. Following IVF or IUI, multiple pregnancies occur 10 times the rate as it occurs in a natural cycle. Multifetal reduction is…