Fertility is an issue present in most marriages around the world, whether it be the abundance of, choice to not partake in, or the inability to conceive. For families who have issues being able to conceive a child there are alternative methods of trying to make this dream come true, though they are not promised to be 100% effective. One of these alternative options is the use of IVF treatment to help implant the embryo and carry a successful fetus long term, as we have previously discussed in class.
This article we read reminded me of the situation that happened with my friend Mackenzie’s parents. She had two siblings already, one from the same father as her and one from her step father who her mother was committed to at the time. They were trying for another child and years went by without success. Their inability to conceive led to issues in their marriage, problems with her mother’s own sense of self and womanhood, along with family tensions that arose from their marital issues. They finally began IVF treatments which set the family back thousands of dollars, and were able to successfully get pregnant. The pregnancy did come with one caveat: they were now pregnant with twins.
IVF is no perfect situation, as some pregnancies lead to multiple successful fetuses and others lead to no successful fetuses produced. While the twins are now a blessing for their family, they were not well prepared for the financial responsibility that comes with having two newborns, totaling five children.
The Maron reading confronts the situation that happened with Mackenzie’s parents regarding the implanting of multiple embryos yielding twins or even triplets being carried. The article confronts the new technology which uses computer analysis of the embryos to determine which has the highest chance of being successful and then implanting only that selected embryo. While this is a good alternative for women who have had several unsuccessful IVF treatments in the past, if you ask Mackenzie’s parents if they would change anything about their IVF experience they would tell you no, that the twins are a blessing and they would not change it for the world.
Maron, Dina Fine. “New Test Lets Women Pick Their Best IVF Embryo.” Scientific American. N.p., 15 Apr. 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.