Embrio/fetal reduction is the practice of selective reduction of the number of fetuses in a multi fetal pregnancy. When the fetus targeted for termination displays signs of a serious diseases, the term selective termination is used; otherwise terminology involving the word reduction is used to describe the procedure.
Multi fetal pregnancy reduction is done for:
- premature birth
- low birth weight
- associated medical problems
b) non-medical reasons:
- the couple (or mother) is not ready (emotionally or financially) to handle more than one child