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Fertility doctor investigated
A national medical society is investigating whether a fertility doctor followed its guidelines when he implanted six embryos into a Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets last month.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine confirmed Tuesday that it’s investigating because Nadya Suleman says she received in-vitro fertilization for all 14 of her children at the same Beverly Hills fertility clinic.
Suleman, 33, told NBC’s "Today" show that she was implanted with six embryos in each of her six pregnancies, resulting in four single births, a set of twins and the octuplets. No more than three embryos are considered the norm for a woman her age, and fertility experts and medical ethicists have been critical of the Jan. 26 birth of the octuplets.
Neither the society or the medical board identified Suleman’s physician, Dr. Michael Kamrava.
Kamrava, 57, a specialist who pioneered a method of implantation, was identified Monday as a result of an NBC interview with Suleman, who said she went to the West Coast IVF Clinic in Beverly Hills and that all 14 of her children were conceived with help from the same doctor.
Kamrava, 57, did not return calls seeking comment on Tuesday.