"Octomom" and continuing updates

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by rph3664 rph3664 Member

flightnurse2b, LPN

Specializes in EMS, ER, GI, PCU/Telemetry. 2 Articles; 1,496 Posts

wow! eight babies in 5 minutes. god bless them.

i hope mom and babies are all very healthy.

SassyJennRN

SassyJennRN

37 Posts

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This shouldn't have happened, but in any case, I wish them all the best.

what do you mean?

youknowho

youknowho

470 Posts

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This shouldn't have happened, but in any case, I wish them all the best.

what do you mean?

I THINK the OP meant, and I agree that human women are not suppose to have that many babies at once. We are not cats and are not suppose to have litters.

BTW I had premature twins and that was more than enough. They were tiny and still have issue to address. They are now 11 yrs old. I can not even begin to imagine having 8 children at one time. I do honestly hope they have the best possible outcome but at 1#8oz( smallest one), the likeliness of having residual problems is very high.

MA Nurse

MA Nurse

Specializes in NICU, Telephone Triage. 676 Posts

I wish this family the best. These babies were born on what would have been my dad's 66 th birthday!

tclema

tclema

80 Posts

I wish them the best too and I hope they will make it. I saw the Dr.'s on TV this morning and they were still worried that some of the babies have to go back on breathing tubes and weren't sure how they will tolerate feeding.

Teebee5

Teebee5

119 Posts

wow!

That is amazing!

Good luck to mom and babes!

tfleuter

tfleuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 11 years experience. 589 Posts

well, I think it's safe to say that any of these parents faced with the challenge 4+ babies at once were not trying for that result. I'm not sure I would be willing to have a reduction if I was put in their situations. I certainly hope all the babies will make it through and that the parents have a lot of support raising them. They will definately need it!

peytonsmom

peytonsmom

274 Posts

Wow! It's amazing to even think that 8 babies can FIT in there, especially with a few of the babies hitting the 3lb mark!

As someone who has taken fertility drugs, I always wonder how these situations come to be though. Was mom not monitored correctly (or at all?) while on the medications? Was the couple advised to scrap the cycle but refused?

I had an aquaintance that she went to her OB after a year of trying to get pg and he sent her home w/ a script for Clomid and and told to come back in three months if you're not pg. :confused: Imagine that OB's surprise when she turns up pg w/ triplets. Unfortunately for her and her children, all three have some issues due to their premature birth. It makes me wonder just how much training some of these OB's get in regards to infertility.

mamafeliz

mamafeliz

Has 20 years experience. 56 Posts

I, too, wish all eight babes and their family the best of luck. We are all touched somehow by a feat as amazing as carrying eight babes simultaneously to viability in a uterus built for one!

The hard question must be asked, though: Have technological advances made our health care system too expensive to support because of events like multiple pregnancies (beyond twin or even triplet) that will inevitably result in huge perinatal expense? 46 hospital staff were needed at the octuplet delivery. Those eight babes will each need NICU support for how long, and how many will have life long residual issues? When so many around us remain uninsured with no access to the most basic, preventive health care? How do the questions of societal ethics/responsibility catch up to what is technologically possible?

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery. 17 Articles; 5,259 Posts

And the hospital will not comment on whether mom had fertility tx or not....like there is any question there.

Now that they are here, wish them the best. However, I agree w/ the poster who said this should never have happened in the first place.

RN2B123

RN2B123

119 Posts

I think I would go seriously insane with 14 kids...especially since the other six children are between the ages of 2 to 7 years old. How can you afford to have that many children unless you are rich? I can see if they are spaced apart but having 14 kids under the age of 7 is a little much! I hope all goes well with them and that the babies are healthy.

I still dont understand how the 8th baby was a surprise can you not see it on the ultrasound?

TAKEN FROM CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/30/mother.octuplets/index.html