oibabycc[1]It seems I’ve rattled quite a few cages regarding my recent blog on Michelle Duggar (please see http://bit.ly/a11gxv) so I want to set the record straight for the 1,022 people who viewed this blog. Although I was prepared to write about a completely different topic, I feel a response to Duggar’s supporters is warranted.

One of the most gratifying benefits of living in the U.S. is that it is a country ruled by laws. Despite our gaping differences of opinions, we are ALL protected by the Constitution. The First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, a gift for which I am eternally grateful. Therefore, as a physician, author and US citizen, I WILL render my professional opinion regarding the life-threatening risk factors of a grand multipara such as Duggar.

The facts do not cease to exist because one chooses to ignore them.  There are approximately 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year and almost one-quarter or 875,000 of those births will have complications. In worse case scenarios, 13 out of every 100,000 pregnant women will die. Unfortunately many of those complications occur because of either inexperience or neglect and I have devoted my entire medical career trying to prevent them.

The Guinness Book of Records reports that the greatest number of children born to one woman was a Russian born in 1707. Mrs. Fyodor Vassilet gave birth to 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets, for a total of 69 children.  So, there’s still hope for Duggar if she wants to continue to procreate.

Yes, I am a physician but no, I’m not God. I’m a mother who knows that children need their mommies.   It is not my intent to bash or humiliate Duggar in anyway. However, when someone appears to be sinking, you’re obligated to offer them a life jacket. Then it’s their decision whether to accept it or drown.