Infertility in America: The Convergence of American Cultural Norms and the Technology of Assisted Reproduction
Date of Defense
Dr. Ann Miles
Dr. Gail Landberg
Dr. Vincent Lyon-Callo
I first became interested in infertility treatments when I saw a 20/20 special on two sets of octuplets. The first group was healthy despite being prematurely born. The program raved about the miracle of birth and then contrasted the first group with another group of octuplets; all o fwhom had severe medical problems such as cerebral palsy. The media ploy worked quite well on me. First I was impressed that a woman could have eight healthy babies. Then I was aghast that procedures that seemed so risky were being regularly used to solve infertility problems. I was hooked and wanted to know more. Later that month I was discussing another recent multiple birth with a classmate, he thought the women often reported about in the news had naturally given birth to seven or eight babies. He had no idea that this was not a natural occurrence, but one that could only happen with medical intervention. I wanted to find out what technology was used in multiple births. I found it difficult to believe that these couples intended to have seven or eight babies to take care of at the same time.
Rose, Amanda, "Infertility in America: The Convergence of American Cultural Norms and the Technology of Assisted Reproduction" (2001). Honors Theses. 1453.
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