Her fertility doctor is now under fire.
Octuplets' mom Nadya Suleman told NBC in an interview that aired this morning that she sought treatment at a Beverly Hills clinic for all her in vitro fertilization procedures, including the one that resulted in the birth of octuplets.
The 33-year-old said she went to West Coast Infertility Medical Clinic -- now named West Coast IVF Clinic -- headed by Michael M. Kamrava, reports the LA Times. He describes himself on his website as "an internationally recognized leader in the field of in vitro fertilization" who has helped pioneer "breakthrough technology that revolutionized IVF, reducing risks to both the mother and child." That procedure also helped reduce costs, according to the website.
According to statistics collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, his clinics performed 20 in vitro procedures in 2006 on women under 35. Of those procedures, four resulted in pregnancies and only two of those resulted in birth. One of those women delivered twins. His pregnancy rate and live birth rate are far below the national average, according to the statistics.
At the same time, the average number of embryos that he transferred per procedure -- 3.5 -- was among the highest in the country for women under 35. Fertility specialists say that a high number of embryo transfers usually reflects either a patient population with an especially poor prognosis or problems with the laboratory.
Medical guidelines established by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommend transferring no more than two embryos per procedure in women under 35 except in "extraordinary circumstances."
Suleman told NBC's Ann Curry that her treatment was "very appropriate." He implanted six embryos, which she had remaining from previous procedures because of her medical history, which include miscarriages and scarred fallopian tubes.
"At the time I was so focused, so fixated on wanting so many that I just kept going," Suleman said. Because the success rates are low, Suleman said, "the most I would have ever anticipated would have been twins. It wasn't twins times four."
She said implanting that many embryos, even after having six young children at home, was "nothing different" from before.
"He did nothing different," she said.
Kamrava could not be reached for comment this morning.
Local news station KTLA released video today showing Suleman at the clinic in 2006 talking about the in vitro process.
"I was slightly pessimistic, then I realized, yeah, it worked," she said in the interview, which also showed two of her children.
How did she afford IVF, you ask? According to the clinic's website, they offer:
* Line of credit with affordable monthly payments
* No prepayment penalty
* 90 days, 6 months, and 12 months same as cash with 0% interest
Do you think this doctor was unethical in implanting so many embryos in Nadya Suleman? Tell us what you think!