Has China mother had octuplets?
31 December 2011 Last updated at 04:41 GMT
In China, photographs of what are reported to be octuplets has sparked debate on the country's one-child policy and anti-surrogacy laws.
The pictures were from a studio portrait session, and emerged when they were posted on an internet blog.
The law in China prohibits hospitals from providing surrogacy medical procedures but agencies can still operate online.
Anne-Marie McNerney reports.