Suck on that, Jon and Kate! An Egyptian woman (who already has three daughters) decided to take Clomid in order to have a son. Now, before I get into my High Order Multiples (HOM) rant, let me point out some problems with this birth specifically. What doctor decided it would by hunky dorey to give Clomid to a twenty-seven year old, who conceived three children naturally? Beyond that, what sort of Svengali gives Clomid to a family whose income is between $4 and $8 USD a week? I'm thinkin' that it was tough to feed the three girls they had before on that amount. Now they've added seven mouths to feed! Of course, an agency has stepped in and promised them enough milk, and diapers, for two years. Beyond that, one supposes, they might be screwed (if it weren't for the corporate infatuation with HOM). And, so...the international cry has gone out and I predict that these babies will be the only kids in Egypt wearing BabyGap and drinking JuicyJuice until they're eighteen.
I love children. I love babies. Perhaps it's because I love them so much that HOM births make me angry. One thing that makes me angry is the hypocrisy of it all. Every HOM born is guaranteed to have theist parents. These parents didn't pay that much attention to "God's will" when they were infertile. Oh, hell no! They were taking Clomid and self-injecting growth hormones and progesterone, in the hopes that doctors could use an ultrasound machine to guide pipettes and syringes in to harvest eggs from the ovaries...at which point these eggs are fertilized under a microscope and shoved back in the uterus. Fast forward to that first u/s that shows seven viable embryos. "You want us to selectively reduce our babies? How can you ask us to do that? We have to trust God's will and have this litter!" *head desk* You know, note to HOM parents...I would be able to take your faith more seriously if it weren't so arbitrarily applied.
At birth, HOM parents will proclaim that their two pound "infants", who are living by virtue of more medical technology, are miracles. They will try to sell the fact that they loved these babies so much that they couldn't give up on them. What you won't hear is that those children will suffer. Not only were women not meant to have litters, but...babies weren't meant to be born at 26-30 weeks. I'm a NICU mom. For as many times as nurses would try to tell me that my baby was feeling nothing, I know it was bullshit. This is why they ask you to leave the room when they drop an NG tube down your infant's nose. This is why they don't change IVs and/or vent tubes in front of you. In HOM, the problems snowball. It's a guarantee that one of those babies will have a raging infection. It's likely that all of them will have breathing problems and a life long need for a nebulizer. It's likely that one, and often more, will have serious physical and mental disabilities because of their prematurity. Yet, this couple will be turned into martyrs by the theist media and Christian public. These people will hold them up as paragons of virtue and faith. "Weren't they so trusting in the Lord?" No. They trusted in science and medicine and technology. Only when it came down to the decision to selectively reduce did they invoke religion and the will of a deity. In my opinion, there's no compassion involved with having HOM. Rather than give one or two infants a chance to thrive and be born at term, they choose to make six or seven suffer. That's bullshit.
And, if they all make it out of the NICU, they become an attraction. Look at how bad this has become with the Gosselins. Those kids are in front of cameras 18-20 hours a day. Their parents have chosen to sell the children's dignity for cash. They quit their jobs and live off the backs of six innocent kids. There's nothing admirable about that.