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"The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy" - Dr. Joanne Stone

  • The New York Times Magazine
  • New York, NY
  • (August 12, 2011)

For all its successes, reproductive medicine has produced a paradox: in creating life where none seemed possible, doctors often generate more fetuses than they intend. In the mid-1980s, they devised an escape hatch to deal with these megapregnancies, terminating all but two or three fetuses to lower the risks to women and the babies they took home. But what began as an intervention for extreme medical circumstances has quietly become an option for women carrying twins. Dr. Joanne Stone, the highly regarded head of The Mount Sinai Medical Center's maternal-fetal-medicine unit, said, "I do spend quite a bit of time going through the medical risks of twins with them, because it takes away a little bit of the guilt they feel." Learn More