The rate of twin births has jumped 70 percent since 1980, in large part because of fertility treatments. But twins pose big risks to mother and babies, and premature twins are a growing burden on the health care system. The nation's largest fertility clinic is among those trying to curb the trend.
Crowdfunding is a now a popular way to raise money for everything from birthday bashes to political protests. But on some of the big online fund raising sites, you'll find public pleas for something far more personal - infertility treatments.
Humans, like other animals, live to reproduce. And when they can't, they're willing to pay a lot for a helping hand. In America, some use credit cards, 401(k)s, and even loans to pay for in vitro fertilization that can cost as much as $12,000 for each round.
Women must be fully informed about reproductive medicine before setting their hopes on it. Facebook and Apple and all companies would do well by their employees to hold fertility vendors to the highest possible standards and not inadvertently put worker's physical and mental health in jeopardy.
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NEW YORK - In recent years, Christians have had more babies than any other religious group worldwide. But by 2035, Muslims are projected to experience the higher birth rate, putting the world's two largest religions on track to have a near equal share of the global population by 2060, according to a demographic analysis released Wednesday.
Move over, commanders. A cute crew of babies will soon be in charge at Scott Air Force Base. Nearly 100 families at Scott will report for "diaper duty" in the next nine months. Half of those pregnancies were reported in the same week, according to the staff at Scott's Family Advocacy Program.