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Clampdown on multiple births

5th December 2007

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said on 4 December that women who wish to try IVF could be limited to using "one embryo at a time" to stop the danger of multiple births.

The fertility watchdog said that the amount of twins and triplets conceived should be decreased by over 50%. 126 IVF babies have died annually because of multiple births and many children can suffer from ongoing health difficulties as a result.

Walter Merricks, Interim Chair of the HFEA said: "...this is a real problem that has to be addressed. It is clear that the increasing success of IVF is driving the number of multiple births up instead of down.?

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