Many people are asking how it's possible that Nadya gave birth to octuplets—aren't there regulations on in vitro fertilization? Dr. Jamie Grifo, the program director of the NYU Fertility Center, says the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has published the following guidelines for women seeking in vitro fertilization:
- Women under the age of 35 should have no more than two embryos implanted.
- Women ages 35 to 37 should have no more than three embryos implanted.
- Women ages 38 to 40 should have no more than four embryos implanted.
- Women age 40 and over should have no more than five embryos implanted.
According to the guidelines, Nadya, who is 33, falls under the two-embryo category. However, Dr. Grifo notes that these are guidelines, not laws. "Eight babies born at once is a failure of our treatment," he says. "Our goal as practitioners is to help these patients have a single healthy pregnancy, because those pregnancies have the best outcome."