Reproductive Society Probes Octuplet Mom, Doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says it's investigating whether fertility treatment guidelines were broken in the case of a Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets last month.

The society says in a statement that it had contacted mother Nadya Suleman and the doctor for more details about her latest pregnancy. Suleman has six other children who were conceived through in vitro procedures.

The society is a voluntary, nonprofit organization devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine. To prevent multiple births, it has guidelines for the number of embryos that should be implanted.

In an interview with NBC's "Today" aired Monday, Suleman said she underwent in vitro fertilization at a Beverly Hills fertility clinic run by Dr. Michael Kamrava.

Without identifying the doctor, the Medical Board of California has said it was looking into the Suleman case to see if there was a "violation of the standard of care."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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