Octuplets mom dreamed of having kids

February 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Southern California women who gave birth to octuplets last month is the same woman ABC7 interviewed nearly three years ago about a new fertility procedure. At the time, Nadya Suleman went by the name Natalie Guitierrez and had four children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old and was pregnant with twins.

"This is my goal in life; to be a mother and have children, so I'm going to keep going, no matter what," Suleman said.

In early 2006, after miscarriages and failed fertility treatments, Suleman was able to realize her goal of becoming a mother with the help of Dr. Michael Kamrava, a Beverly Hills fertility specialist.

Click here to watch ABC7's 2006 story featuring Suleman.

"Without the doctor, I wouldn't have any children," Suleman said.

Sulemam's first cycle of in-vitro fertilization resulted in an ectopic pregnancy, but in later rounds, Kamrava used a new technology to implant embryos directly into the lining of the uterus.

"Because we are more certain about the location and the exact arrangement of the embryos and the lining of the uterus, we are putting less number of advanced embryos, so the percentage of the high order multiple pregnancies, triplets, quadruplets has decreased significantly," Kamrava said.

"I just wanted one so badly and it worked, and I decided, 'oh my goodness, it worked, let me do it again,'" Suleman said. "So then four months later I did it and I had my daughter and then four months later I did it again and had my son. Then I waited about eight, nine months and I had a son. So, I have one girl and three boys; and twins coming, one girl and one boy."

Five cycles of in-vitro with Dr. Kamrava resulted in six children.

Last week Suleman told NBC that her doctor implanted six embryos for all her pregnancies, including the most recent which resulted in the eight live births. It is unclear whether Kamrava was the fertility specialist Suleman saw most recently.

Monday, Suleman's mother told Good Morning America he was not.

"Her dad and I were talking to the doctor and we said, 'she's not married, she wants children and she really does not have any means to support them,' so he did not implant any more embryos, and we're thankful for that," Angela Suleman said. "But then she went somewhere else and someone else did and so now she has eight more."

The state medical board confirms it is investigating Dr. Kamrava, saying, "We are looking into the matter to see if we can substantiate a violation of the standard of care."

But Suleman believes Kamrava did nothing wrong. She told ABC7 she would not be a mother without him.

"It's challenging, I'm not going to lie, I'm very honest, it's very hard, but when something is so incredibly meaningful to you and important you make it work no matter how challenging the situation," Suleman said.