Quadriplegic Mother Has Baby via IVF

A single woman who has been quadriplegic since a car accident has given birth to a healthy baby son after six rounds of IVF. The new mother has enlisted her own mother to help out as a “full-time grandmother.” But is it appropriate for her to conceive and a bear a child, knowing she’ll never be able to care for him unassisted?

“There’s a lot of ethical questions around IVF,” notes ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork. “I understand her desire to have a baby,” says Ob/Gyn Dr. Nitra Landry, “But I don’t agree with it. I feel as though it’s unfair to the baby.”

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Plastic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon has a different take. “The mother has the potential to be a great mother. She really wanted to have a kid – she loves this kid.”

Dr. Stork wonders under what circumstances a clinic should say “no” to a client who wants IVF. Should parents be able to select for, say, eye color, for example? “There are always going to be people pushing ethical boundaries.”

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He concludes, “It raises so many interesting questions. I do believe at the end of the day, the most important thing to do as a parent is provide emotional support to your child.”