Saturday 18 November 2017

Alison O’Connor: Joy of birth is tainted by doctors' dash for cash

Alison O’Connor

If a Leaving Certificate student asked my opinion on a recession-proof career, my advice would be to train as a doctor and open a fertility clinic.

I've lost count of the people I know who have either recently had, are planning to have, or are in the middle of, fertility treatment. It's not something that clinics necessarily want to shout about but business is booming, and its getting boomier. Up to 3,000 children are born each year in Ireland as a result of IVF or other related techniques.

The technology is fantastic. I know from personal experience and from that of many friends and acquaintances that when the process works and results in a pregnancy, it is truly amazing.

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