Octuplets IVF doctor has another patient expecting quadruplets

February 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Dr. Michael Kamrava who helped Nadya Suleman become pregnant with octuplets, transferred at least seven embryos to another patient in her late 40s who wanted just one baby. The now unnamed woman is five months pregnant with quadruplets and hospitalized at a Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The new case should add to concerns about Kamrava’s practice and about whether the fertility industry needs more regulation. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, which has guidelines limiting the number of embryos that can be transferred depending on the woman’s age and other circumstances, said it is examining the doctor’s practice. But no laws govern this issue.  Placing high numbers of embryos is a common way that poorly performing clinics try to boost their pregnancy rates.

Quadruplet births are rare, with an average of 14 sets born in California each year, according to state records. In fertility medicine, any pregnancy greater than twins is considered a poor outcome because of the danger it poses to the mother and the babies.

The pregnant woman is 49, has three grown children from a previous marriage but wanted another child with her second husband, who is in his early 30s and doesn’t have any children, sources said. She works as an apartment manager; her husband is a contractor.  She started fertility treatments seeking one baby, but after becoming pregnant with quadruplets, declined medical advice to reduce the number of fetuses, the sources said.

The woman arrived recently at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles for unspecified treatment but was transferred last week to County-USC Medical Center because she lacks insurance. Doctors placed her on bed rest until the birth of the babies, which could be two or three months from now.


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One Response to “Octuplets IVF doctor has another patient expecting quadruplets”

  1. emann on February 14th, 2009 5:51 am

    OCTOMOM just did an interview with a UK mag. called The Sun…In the interview she tells them that she pays a nanny by the name of Aracelli $500 a week to look after the kids…WTF (A NANNY!!!!) She also states that she and the kids need money and that she dreams of a larger home but then states that its not really about the money…. Please google this interview and read it for your self

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