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'Multiple births are no bad thing'
Susan Morgan
Susan Morgan believes she wouldn't have got pregnant with one embryo
The fertility watchdog says the number of twins born through IVF needs to be cut because it is dangerous to mothers and babies.

A consultation has been set up to discuss several options for reducing multiple births during IVF but it may be hard to convince those who are desperately trying to increase their chances of getting pregnant.

After many years of expensive fertility treatment, Susan Morgan became pregnant with twins

Hannah and Olivia are now healthy one-year-olds.

Twins Hannah and Olivia
Hannah and Olivia were born after IVF treatment

Susan says she was well aware of the risks but if she hadn't had multiple embryos implanted she wouldn't have the children.

"It was a numbers game because if they had only put one in at a time, I would have had to have so many cycles to actually hit the egg that was right.

"So in my case it was right to give me the opportunity to try for more but that might not have worked for someone who was in their twenties who has different problems and much higher risk of multiples."

Individual choice

She says she doesn't believe all potential parents should be restricted to one embryo.

"I would like them to avoid something that is absolutely prescriptive because everyone has such a different situation.

"You need to be able to let the individual work with their clinic and their consultant."

Susan with her girls
Susan says individuals should weigh up the risks and benefits

Susan, who also has a five-year-old daughter, had seven cycles of IVF which she describes as a "huge burden" and says they had already decided to have no more cycles when she became pregnant with the twins.

If they were only able to implant one embryo at a time they would have stopped even sooner.

"I don't think multiple births are a bad thing as a whole, the vast majority have wonderful, healthy, happy children."

She added that people undergoing IVF were faced with many difficult decisions throughout the process.

"People don't undertake this lightly, they're constantly having to evaluate whether it's the right thing to do."


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