Selective Reduction in Multiple Pregnancies

• Fertility clinics usually limit the number of embryos transferred into the woman's uterus to two or three because of the many complications and risks associated with higher-order pregnancies. However, sometimes three or more babies implant and grow.

• Selective reduction is the process of destroying one or more fetuses with the purpose of reducing the pregnancy, usually to twins.

• This presents a moral and ethical dilemma and is a heart-wrenching decision.

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