Doctors worried about multiples
Quebec's College of Physicians is looking into a spike in the number of women pregnant with multiples seeking reductions after undergoing in vitro fertilization.
A reduction is when one or more foetuses in a multiple pregnancy are aborted while the others are left to develop normally.
Quebec's rules for in vitro treatment stipulate that multiple embryos may be implanted only in certain cases and even then, the maximum is three and the doctor must justify the choice.
In recent months, there has been a jump in the number of women carrying triplets and quadruplets seeking reductions to improve their chances of carrying the remaining embryos to term.
The College wonders if clinics are returning to the habit of routinely implanting multiple embryos.