Octuplet babies and other curiosities
If you've been following the news at all, you've probably heard a little bit about the California mom with new octuplet babies and six other kids at home. It's been interesting to read people's reactions to this family. The story we have today contrasts this case to other families with higher-order multiples, calling it a PR calamity. Our weekend feature probed the ethical quandaries that surround this sort of mega-high-risk pregnancy.
It seems that while most users who comment on this story find it an odd choice to have eight babies at once when you already have six children at home, there is a furious debate going on among commenters. Many are concerned with the high cost of bearing and delivering the children. Others wonder what fertility specialist implanted that many embryos, if that was in fact the case, or gave her such a high dose of follicle-stimulating drugs, if that was the approach taken.
Naturally, whether or not the woman should have opted to reduce the number of embryos is a hot-button ethical issue. The woman's religion could have made that out of the question for her.
Many others are wondering who is going to foot the bill for raising the children. And one thing is for certain, the public just has not received this California mom with the warm-heartedness usually afforded this sort of brood. Because of that, there just hasn't - apparently - been the windfall of mini-vans, diapers, cribs, formula and other baby supplies.
I'd like to throw it out there that while we may question her sanity - especially those of us getting our butts kicked by having just one or two children, myself included - we can't really know her circumstances or her motivations. At least not until she does a tell-all interview with People magazine or the like.
What do you think?
At the risk of making any kind of crass comparison to these eight babies and other parts of the animal world, I wanted to point out a couple of great things on our sites to share with your kids. I am working from home today because one of my children has croup (this oddly Victorian virus - with its conjured notions of mustard plasters and blood-letting - has visited our house twice in two months) and I'm planning to show Cameron this star.com story on a prehistoric snake the size of a T-rex. For the fan of all things outer space, there's also this amazing story about Humber students communicating with the International Space Station. And finally, Google Earth has expanded tremendously, allowing users to dive under the ocean and much, much more. Enjoy!