US woman gives birth to octuplets A US woman has given birth to eight babies, becoming just the second person recorded to have delivered a set of living octuplets. The six boys and two girls were delivered by caesarean section in Los Angeles, California. The babies, who weighed in at between 1.8lbs (820g) and 3.4lbs each, are all said to be doing well. They were screaming and kicking around very vigorously, according to a doctor at the hospital in suburban Bellflower. The mother, whose identity has not been revealed, has asked that limited information be released about the births. A hospital spokeswoman described the deliveries, which took place in the space of five minutes, as "truly amazing". Three of the babies - who were nine weeks premature - need help breathing, but all were otherwise doing well, she said. Doctors say the babies will be in incubators for at least six weeks and that the mother is planning to breast feed them all. 'Just enjoy it' The world's first live-born set of octuplets were delivered in Houston, Texas, in 1998. One baby died about a week later - but the surviving children celebrated their 10th birthday in December. Their Nigerian-born mother, Nkem Chukwu, said the new parents had much to look forward to, the Associated Press agency reported. "Just enjoy it. It's a blessing, truly a blessing," Mrs Chukwu was quoted as saying. "We'll keep praying for them." *********Y'all know how much I love children and want to have my own . . . but I don't want a litter of them. :yikes: I don't think that's a sign I would be a lousy mother, I think it's a sign of common sense. I've always said I was pro-coice but could never have an abortion. I think fetal reduction is different though. I would do that. I know you never know until you are in that exact position but if a doctor told me that all 8 embryos which had been implanted were viable. I don't think I'd be jumping for joy. :frown1: Fetal reduction 2008PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Multifetal pregnancies have skyrocketed over the past two decades as a consequence of infertility treatments. Multifetal pregnancy reduction has lowered the complications considerably. Here, we review the historical and current literature to determine reasonable statistics upon which to counsel patients RECENT FINDINGS: Several papers in the past year have updated the database of outcomes, shown that prenatal diagnosis by fluorescent in-situ hybridization prior to reduction improves outcomes and examined the psychological and emotion frame through which patients view the circumstances and options available to them. SUMMARY: Multifetal pregnancy reduction in experienced hands continues to dramatically improve the outcome of multiple pregnancies. The development of coping strategies for patients to deal with complex options and risks challenging their religious and other core beliefs now allows us to better counsel patients. Abortion An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death. An abortion can occur spontaneously due to complications during pregnancy or can be induced. Abortion as a term most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy, while spontaneous abortions are usually termed miscarriages.