Fertility Experts Urge One Embryo at a Time
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New federal statistics show an epidemic of twins among IVF patients, and two babies come with added risk during pregnancy. Reproduction experts are now urging more women in fertility treatment to try it one embryo at a time. (Dec. 2)

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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYOldwick, New Jersey - November 13, 20131. Mid of Abigail and Ken Ernst playing with their infant daughter Lucy2. Tight of Lucy3. Mid of Ken talking to Abigail and holding Lucy4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Abigail Ernst, Had daughter through IVF:"I think most of us think that we do multiple transfers, or multiple embryos at a time, even all my co-workers said, 'Oh, how many are you putting in?'"5. Abigail putting Lucy in a baby carrierAP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYLa Habra, California - March 11, 20096. Mid of Nadya Suleman, "Octomom," trying to evade paparazzi outside her home after filing for bankruptcyAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York, New York - October 3, 20137. Mid of video screen showing multiple eggs 8. Fertility clinic worker walking away from microscope with dish holding eggs9. Tight of dish with eggs under another microscope10. Screen showing two eggs that are being examined under a microscopeAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston, Massachusetts - October 11, 201311. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Linda Giudice, President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine:"With regard to twin gestation, we are still hovering at around 29-30% of IVF pregnancies."AP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYAtlanta, Georgia - December 2004FILE12. Pan of STILL image of newborn twins still in the hospitalAP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYMaywood, Illinois - December 2004FILE13. Push in to STILL image of newborn twinsAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston, Massachusetts - October 11, 201314. Various of a meeting of officials of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYno location - November 25, 201315. Graphic animation of ASRM guidelines on IVF embryo transfers, words "single-embryo transfer" highlightedAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston, Massachusetts - October 11, 201316. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Linda Giudice, President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine:"Having one baby is really the goal of infertility therapy, a so-called singleton pregnancy."AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYno date, no locationFILE 17. Tight of woman's pregnant bellyAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYno location - November 25, 201318. Graphic animation of ASRM guidelines on IVF embryo transfers, words "no more than three" highlightedAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York, New York - October 3, 201319. Fertility clinic worker taking embryos out of storage20. Embryo dishes lined up near microscope21. Clinic worker looking at embryos in microscope22. Various of embryo dishes23. Tight of worker looking in microscope24. Wide of worker, one embryo on nearby computer screen25. Mid of single embryo on computer screenAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYOldwick, New Jersey - November 13, 201326. SOUNDBITE: (English) Abigail Ernst, Had daughter through IVF:"It can be quite successful, and you can have a little baby that you're desiring."27. Tight of Lucy as she sits on her mother's lapPKG SCRIPT:AS MUCH AS ABIGAIL AND KEN ERNST LOVE THEIR BABY LUCY - HAVING TWO LIKE HER WOULD HAVE MEANT A RISKIER PREGNANCY.THE COUPLE MADE A CAREFUL DECISION DURING I-V-F TREATMENT.SOUNDBITE: Abigail Ernst, Had daughter through IVF"I think most of us think that we do multiple transfers, or multiple embryos at a time, even all my co-workers said, 'Oh, how many are you putting in?'"THE TWO CHOSE TO TRANSFER ONE EMBRYO... A STARK CONTRAST TO THE OCTOMOM CASE FIVE YEARS AGO.AND WHILE BIG MULTIPLE BIRTHS ARE WAY DOWN SINCE THEN, NEW FEDERAL NUMBERS SHOW NEARLY HALF OF ALL BABIES BORN USING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION ARE MULTIPLES... MOSTLY TWINS.SOUNDBITE: Dr. Linda Giudice, President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine"With regard to twin gestation, we are still hovering at around 29-30% of IVF pregnancies."WHILE TWINS CAN BE DOUBLE THE JOY.. THEY CAN ALSO COME WITH SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS... HIGHER BLOOD PRESSURE AND BLOOD SUGAR FOR MOM, PREMATURITY AND GROWTH ISSUES FOR BABIES. IN NEW GUIDELINES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE, FERTILITY EXPERTS ARE NOW PUSHING A NEW GOAL FOR WOMEN UNDER 35...SOUNDBITE: Dr. Linda Giudice, President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine"Having one baby is really the goal of infertility therapy, a so-called singleton pregnancy."FOR WOMEN 35 TO 40, AGE LOWERS THE CHANCE FOR CONCEPTION. THE ASRM STILLS ADVISES TWO OR THREE EMBRYO TRANSFERS FOR THEM. OVERALL, BETTER WAYS TO SCREEN, STORE AND TEST EMBRYOS TO DETERMINE WHICH ARE MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED HAVE RESULTED IN FEWER MISCARRIAGES AND HEALTHIER BABIES. THEY'RE REDUCING THE NEED TO TRANSFER MULTIPLE EMBROYOS TO BOOST THE ODDS OF PREGNANCY. JUST ONE CAN BE ENOUGH. SOUNDBITE: Abigail Ernst, Had daughter through IVF"It can be quite successful, and you can have a little baby that you're desiring."... WITHOUT A LOT OF UNNECESSARY RISK. CINDY SHARP, ASSOCIATED PRESS.