The Infertility Debate

The controversy over Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave birth to octuplets following infertility treatment, is stirring debate in eastern Carolina.

Stephanie Sumner and her husband Casey just happened to be going through the same treatment in Greenville while the news of Suleman broke. After three years of trying many different infertility drugs they decided to do a procedure called in-vitro. She had two embryos implanted in her uterus.

Stephanie Sumner says of the Suleman situation, "I didn't know if it was a blessing or a curse. Everybody's situation is different, everybody's body is different. I really want a family, my husband wants a family, I'm not willing to put myself in jeopardy or unborn children just to have a family, so hearing the story is a totally different situation than what we've been in."

Dr. Clifford Hayslip of ECU Women's Physicians Clinic in Greenville is the Sumner's doctor. He believes the Suleman case will change things for his profession. "I think that there's going to be a public debate. I'll be surprised if this doesn't go past California state board. I could even see this going to Congress."

Doctor Hayslip says the average amount of embryos he puts in a woman 24-33 is two. He bases how many he puts in on the patients age and how well a person has responded to other procedures. Doctor Hayslip says the guidelines he follows are those recommended by the American Medical Board.

Stephanie and her husband say the doctor and patient both share in the responsibility. Stephanie says, "It's your responsibility to know what your body can handle, it's the doctors responsibility to keep you safe."


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  • by Kim Location: Currie,N.C. on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    I admire you and Casey ..I am sure you you will give credit where credit is due when the baby comes...Because after all God says we can have the desires of our heart,SO TO GOD BE THE GLORY !!!!!
  • by Cheryl Location: Flagler Beach, FL on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    Stephanie - best wishes to you and Casey. I know that this is what the two of you really want and I am proud of you for being strong enough to just go for it. I know that it hasn't been an easy road to go down, but I hope that when you reach the end of the road that you will be able to give the gift of life. The greatest gift of all. I miss you and I love you very much. OOOXXX... Auntie Cheryl
  • by Holly Location: Florida on Mar 13, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Stephanie -You go girl. Love Ya!
  • by Stella Location: London on Mar 13, 2009 at 02:42 AM
    Please see the link > http://beware-of-the-fertility-industry.blogspot.com
  • by Stephanie Location: Sumner on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    This is Stephanie, the person in the story. To the person who wrote the comment above, get the facts on infertility. Nothing you said makes sense. No one is basing their life on another person, I believe that was the stance I took, that my situation is very different than hers. I have been out in the world, three college degrees, wonderful job, great family, well traveled, highly devoted to God. Get your facts straight.
  • by thanks on Mar 12, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    He was my doctor, and got me pregnant!! Our first round of in-vitro was unsuccessful, but thank the good Lord above...it worked the second time!! Dr Haislip and his staff are wonderful people, and I would highly reccommend them to anyone having difficulty becoming pregnant! Thanks to everyone at ECU Women's...
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 12, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    No matter how much people argue over this, she is going to be given EVERYTHING she wants. Even by the parents who said they wouldn't help.
  • by Ashleigh Location: Winterville on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    He should test ALL his female patients for their hormone levels BEFORE he starts charging his enormous rates, no matter their age!!! We wasted a LOT of time and money.
  • by Why Location: NC on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    Feeling this way just because another person has babies is just jealousy. If it were them that had the babies, they wouldn't say a word. Live your own life, and let God deal with it. If she were not suppose to have those babies she wouldn't. Get it? Why base your life, and how you are going to do something on someone you don't even know? Get out in the world and do what you know is right.
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