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Editor’s Corner: “EmbryoSpeak” – OCTUPLETS!

Higher Order Multiples (HOM) is a term used to denote pregnancies brought about by the multiple implantation of embryos which in many cases have been conceived through the use of one type or another of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). These pregnancies, more often than not, lead to prema- ture births resulting in morbid and/or deadly outcomes. A working definition of HOM is generally accepted as an ongoing gestation comprised of three or more fetuses, whether or not all are viable and able to survive to term.

The public has been awed in the past by sensational reports of HOM births stemming from either natural…

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