Dr. Manny: What couples considering IVF can learn from one Tennessee family

January 7, 2015 3:51 PM

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Dr. Manny: What couples considering IVF can learn from one Tennessee family

If there were ever a script for the writers of “Modern Family” to consider taking on, it’s the story of the Watts family in Tennessee, who after two successful twin pregnancies through in vitro fertilization, are using social media in the hopes of finding another couple struggling with infertility to “adopt” their six unused, frozen embryos. The adoption however, comes with a proviso: The adoptive parents must be open to the idea of a large family, agreeing to take all six embryos, and also be open to communication and meetings with the Watts’ so that the siblings can grow up knowing each other.

Now I have to say, that even for me, who is usually pretty sure on what the right thing to do is, I’m a little startled by this. First, I give kudos to the Watts family for giving another couple the chance to have children and for not destroying their unused embryos. I do believe in the sanctity of ...

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