Friday, February 6, 2009

California Medical Board Investigating Octuplet Mom's Fertility Doctor For Violations

The Medical Board of California is investigating whether there were any violations by a fertility doctor who helped a woman become pregnant with the octuplets born last month.

Board spokeswoman Candis Cohen said the board will determine whether there was a violation of medical standards. The board has not identified who is under investigation or where the fertility treatment was performed.

The probe was first reported by the Whittier Daily News.

Nadya Suleman, of Whittier, gave birth to six boys and two girls on Jan. 26. The 33-year-old single mother has six other children.

In a portion of an NBC interview broadcast Friday, Suleman said all her children were born through in vitro fertilization by the same specialist.
She said in the interview that having a "huge family" was always a dream of hers.

Suleman said she longed for "certain connections and attachments with another person" that she lacked growing up. She said her childhood as an only child was "pretty dysfunctional."

State documents, however, quote her as suggesting she had a happy childhood.
Suleman has stirred up an ethical debate about fertility treatments after it was revealed she already had six children before giving birth to the octuplets.

Suleman's publicist said she's "feeling great" and looking forward to being reunited with her octuplets, who were born prematurely last month. They're expected to remain in the hospital for several more weeks.

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