That may be a vain hope. The camera crews that crowded around the McCaughey family after church Sunday aren't showing signs of going away any time soon. And according to the surviving members of the previous most famous multiple birth in the world, media attention is more likely to be a curse than a blessing. In an open letter to TIME, three of the Dionne quintuplets — whom the Canadian state put on display in "Quintland" for tourists back in the Depression-ridden ‘30s — warn of the potential freak show to come. "To those who would seek to exploit the growing fame of these children," they write, "we say beware."
And still the controversy grows over the McCaughey's use of fertility drugs. The debate is likely to be fueled by new research released Monday, which shows the sperm count dropping even lower among Western men than scientists had previously suspected. If infertility is such a present danger, perhaps we ought to be glad of all the multiple births we can get.