Thursday, March 05, 2009

Octo-Mom Birth Tape on Sale

Octo-mom Nadya Suleman is selling the video for a seven-figure sum, according to TMZ.com.

So, if you've got the money to burn, this may be the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Suleman, who finds a daily pseudo-reason to make our weird news headlines, gave birth to eight babies on Jan. 26. The 33-year-old woman from Whittier, Calif., already had six children.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Make Way for Designer Babies

Want a baby with blonde hair and green eyes? No problem.

A Los Angeles fertility clinic is offering a new service that would allow couples to choose their baby's physical traits, including eye and hair color, the BBC reported.

The LA Fertility Institutes said it has already received half a dozen requests for the service and expects the first designer baby to be born next year.

"I would not say this is a dangerous road," Jeff Steinberg, director of the clinic, told the BBC. "It's an uncharted road."

But as the Wall Street Journal reported in February, the demand is out there: In a recent U.S. survey of 999 people who sought genetic counseling, a majority said they supported prenatal genetic tests for the elimination of certain serious diseases. The survey found that 56% supported using them to counter blindness and 75% for mental retardation.

More provocatively, about 10% of respondents said they would want genetic testing for athletic ability, while another 10% voted for improved height. Nearly 13% backed the approach to select for superior intelligence, according to the survey conducted by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine.

The new service has sparked debate within the global medical community, raising huge questions about the ethics of genetic enhancement.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Woman has two wombs, gives birth to twins

Parents Shane and Sarah Reinfelder got to hold their newborn twins for the first time on Friday; a special moment because it's a miracle little Valerie Marie and Kaylin Joy are even here.

"Most women are born with one uterus," explained OB/GYN Dr. Connie Hedmark. "Sarah was born with two, and that's a very unusual situation in the first place. So the chances of getting pregnant and then having a pregnancy in each uterus becomes exceedingly rare."

So rare that there's been only three other reported cases in the world.

Sarah found out about the extra uterus after having a miscarriage a couple years ago.

The Reinfelder's also have a 10-month-old son named William.

Sarah says her condition made that pregnancy hard, but a few months after William's birth, she was in for the shock of a lifetime.

"They told me 'Your birth control isn't working; guess what? You're pregnant!'" said Sarah. "I was like okay, and then they did the ultrasound and said, 'Guess what? You're pregnant twice!' and that's when I almost wet my pants."

After they were delivered by caesarian section Thursday afternoon, the babies were brought to the NICU.

The babies will spend the next three weeks in the NICU. After that, the Reinfelders say it's back home to Sault Ste. Marie, where the adventure of raising three small children can begin.

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