Controversial Clinic Treated Octuplets' Mom

'Struggling' mother of 14 already collecting food stamps
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2009 3:26 AM CST

(Newser) – All 14 children of octuplets mom Nadja Suleman were conceived at the same controversial Beverly Hills fertility clinic, reports AP. California is probing the case for possible ethics violations. Doctors "did nothing wrong," Nadja Suleman insisted in a Today Show interview. She also said she does not plan to go on welfare, though she already receives food stamps and disability payments for three of her children. Suleman used some of her own disability payments to pay for the pricey treatments.

The clinic that implanted the embryos is run by Dr. Michael Kamrava, known for his controversial pioneering techniques. "I think this doctor stepped outside the guidelines in a very extreme manner, and put both the mother and children at extra high risk of disability and even death," said a fertility expert. Suleman's mother has complained that their family is already overwhelmed by her daughter's first six children, who share a small home with their mom and grandmother.