At first when the "China Octomom" debuted a photo of her eight bundles of joy Guangzhou health officials scrambled to determine if the picture was real or fake. But they now tell their readers the pictures are in fact real as those babies.
Unlike Nadya Suleman who has confessed to excessive moment troubles, the China Octomom had lots of cash ready for her endeavor. She reportedly spent $160,000 to have two surrogates (apparently illegally) carry the children. She now has four boys and four girls, roughly one year old. And she has 11 nannies to lend a helping hand.
Guangdong Health Department officials tell news that the woman has allegedly violated the country's family planning rules. The story has captivated the public because it symbolizes a bold defiance of the country's strict family planning rules, said Liang Zhongtang, a demography expert at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
A 2001 law prohibits Chinese medical institutions and personnel from performing gestational surrogacy services, in which an embryo created from a couple is implanted into another woman who carries the baby to term.
Still, an underground market is thriving as more couples put off marriage and childbirth until later in life, only to find they are unable to conceive. The law forbids only the medical procedures, and agencies connecting couples and surrogates are easy to find online.
The Guangzhou Daily said the octomom couple resorted to in vitro fertilization and surrogates after years of failed attempts to conceive.
The case is under investigation. The name of the mother is being withheld.
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