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Octuplets' Mom's IVF Clinic Revealed

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Her fertility doctor is now under fire.

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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!

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36 comments so far | Post a comment now
anonymous February 11, 2009, 11:03 AM

This woman is obviously demented and I am appalled that and IVF doctor would have done such a procedure. Ethically, it is wrong because she was already using state assistance to feed the brood she already had. If she had a viable career or her own source of income to take care of more children this would not be an issue. Instead she is using having babies as her meal ticket and her excuse not to have to work for a living like the rest of the world. I can’t believe any responsible parent thinks what this woman did is “ok”. It is not a question of a single women who chose not to abort, but of a selfish, demented human being who has no means of supporting babies she is bringing into the world. I’m glad there is outrage…it’s about time we all wake up to con artists. I feel so sorry for the children…they will suffer the consequences later in life for the stupidity of a doctor, ie professional, and a leech of a mom.

CS February 11, 2009, 12:21 PM

To CEY…Jon & Kate and The Duggers support their families. They don’t depend on their families to do the primary support of their children. Her mother has reported that she pays the bills for the housing, feeding, clothing, etc. for the 6 children she already has. I think it is great to have a big family IF you can afford the time and $$$ it takes. She obviously has not been able to prove that she can accomplish that.Six children is alot for one parent so why was she not satisfied with them?

sally February 11, 2009, 5:44 PM

This woman had 6 children already.For heavens sake, why did she need more? what kind of a doctor did not perform a psychologocial assesment prior to transferring embryos? If a person has an autistic child and she is a single mother, why would a doctor do this procedure? Why would he not refuse treating her on that ground itself? the bigger sin is transferring 6 embryos at one time knowing fully well that embryos can double after they are transferred increasing the number. The problems with fallopian tubes have nothing to do with the utrus’s ability to handle the implantation. her problem was inability to get pregnant naturaly, but she was able to have succesful pregnancy once the embryos were directly implanted and already had a set of twins with this procedure. So why would the IVF doctor implant 6 embryos? especially on a single mom with a history of twins and autism? Also she was unable to pay for the procedure, so how did he shink she was going to able to support them in the future? The lady herself looks and thinks deranged and i am surprised that the doctor couldnt see through it. She has created a burden on the society living off of welfare and workman’s comp and now thinks she can get people’s support or entertainment money? People like this need to be in an asylum.

Anonymous February 12, 2009, 5:19 AM

Shame on those who are defending this woman’s reckless behavior. She is already on welfare because she couldn’t afford to take care of the SIX children she already had; not to mention that one of them is autistic. Yet she continues to have money to pay for IVF procedures, plastic surgery, publicists??? But she is lives on FOOD STAMPS! And is basically begging for money on her website. This is a perfect example of the irresponsible excessive behavior running rampant in this country that caused the current financial meltdown. Except she is doing it with the lives of innocent babies. Someone needs to take away her children and cauterize her you-know-what. And the world will be a better place, especially for those 14 children!

T Oborne March 9, 2009, 12:38 AM

Yes he sould lose his license and be held accountable for providing for these children. Without his assistance this would not have occurred. To pursue your own medical interest by exploting inoccent children is a disgrace. Where will this Doctor be in 10 years when these children are homeless and on the street. It is clear the mother should have undergone a mental competancy test.

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