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Grandma: Octuplets Mom Obsessed With Having Kids

Grandma: Octuplets Mom Obsessed With Having Kids

This image provided by Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, shows the nursing staff posing for a photograph after delivering octuplets to a mother Monday Jan. 26, 2009 in Bellflower, Calif. (AP Photo/KaiserPermanente Bellflower Medical Center)

Raquel Maria Dillion / AP

February 01, 2009

LOS ANGELES – The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week conceived all 14 of her children through in vitro fertilization, is not married and has been obsessed with having children since she was a teenager, her mother said.

Angela Suleman told The Associated Press she was not supportive when her daughter, Nadya Suleman, decided to have more embryos implanted last year.

“It can’t go on any longer,” she said in a phone interview Friday. “She’s got six children and no husband. I was brought up the traditional way. I firmly believe in marriage. But she didn’t want to get married.”

Nadya Suleman, 33, gave birth Monday in nearby Bellflower. She was expected to remain in the hospital for at least a few more days, and her newborns for at least a month.

A spokeswoman at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center said the babies were were progressing daily, with all eight breathing unassisted and being tube-fed.

While her daughter recovers, Angela Suleman is taking care of the other six children, ages 2 through 7, at the family home in Whittier, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

She said she warned her daughter that when she gets home from the hospital, “I’m going to be gone.”

Angela Suleman said her daughter always had trouble conceiving and underwent in vitro fertilization treatments because her fallopian tubes are “plugged up.”

There were frozen embryos left over after her previous pregnancies and her daughter didn’t want them destroyed, so she decided to have more children.

Her mother and doctors have said the woman was told she had the option to abort some of the embryos and, later, the fetuses. She refused.

Her mother said she does not believe her daughter will have any more children.


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    Emmatol

    almost 6 years ago

    186 comments

    well, I have to congratulate her on this special feat of hers, but in thesame vein let her know that the joy of every woman is to have morally-sound children through proper instillation of values- which in my own opinion demands that she provide adequate time for them.
    with what is on ground now, if she want to take good care of her children, she will have to quit her job or work and face child-rearing squarely but if not,she will have to depend on public grants and inconvinience her family members especially her old grannies- what a rather miscalculated obsession!
    All thesame, best of luck............

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    cherryann

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    god bless these kids an let all think about the children and reach out an help some people take life for a joke something is missing in the mother life and it love so let all god good people do our jobs and help and teach other people kids are not toys and pray for our world don,t put the blame on the doctor he doing his joy, the mother is looking love in the wrong places and using kid to do it.

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    swimnutt1523

    almost 6 years ago

    748 comments

    I think that every one needs to stop Bashing the mother obviously she loves being a mother and if she has the degrees and the patience I think she will Be able to provide a semi- decient living but on a very tight budget but she also will have a lot of adjusting to a very strict rutine in order to make any thing go smoothly my grandma was one of 15 kids and very poor and they made it jjust fine but then a gain having multiple on her own accord with out a father to help raise th kids may have its own ramafications its up to god I wish her patience luck and health through her journey.

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    evette

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    It is a blessing to have kids cause you got people out there in the world that don't have any kids and want some but can't have any. she was just bless with so many

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    saltyscalop

    almost 6 years ago

    42 comments

    Funny how some people preface their judgment of other people by saying that they are Christian. I too am a Christian, but I try everyday to follow the words of Jesus. Christians don't judge other people. As a person I do agree that this woman needs help, but don't we all.

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    Momlnak

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    As a MOM of 2 PLUS Identical twins; a former RN; a MARRIED woman; and a Christian; I find it REPREHENSIBLE that a physician would even CONSIDER implanting ONE more embryo for thisl.....'female'... She already has 'obsessions' is headed for more problems than she can fathom; and has ZERO RESOURCES available. To think bringing children into the world because you were a lonely only child is a good idea is absurd!! The physician who implanted the embryos is the individual who should be totally RESPONSIBLE for the medical care, social care, cost of living, cost of education for these children and their mother! At the very least he/she should be stripped of their medical license !! The state of California will be paying for these 14 children....therefore the state of California NEEDS TO REMOVE all 14 from the woman, and place them in loving, stable homes, where they will receive proper care, proper nurturing, proper education, and a chance at a normal life!! YES...GOD BLESSES US WITH CHILDREN....BUT GOD WANTS HIS CHILDREN TO BE MORALLY RESPONSIBLE, TO FOLLOW HIS WORD...AND NOT to place ourselves above HIM. That is exactly what this woman has done....she had tempted God and trying to test HIM. I agree with you Willa, and Wildflower... this woman needs HELP... and I DON'T mean for the children....

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    Willa

    almost 6 years ago

    14 comments

    I'm not sure from where Debi is getting her information that this woman is a wonderful Super Mom. She, not we, is the self-centered one, indulging her desire to have more invitro babies. As this means exploiting her mother and the public, she is fine with it. Truly selfish! Most people who use assistive fertility methods use them because they can't have one or perhaps a second child. And they pay huge amounts of money for their attempts at a pregnancy. Now we hear that she was Paid to do this. (Was this part of the same payment plan we heard about for the woman in England who tried for 8 babies a few years ago? )

    In Biblical days, and even in the US before birth control was available to women (and in countries where birth control is still unavailable), women had many children by their husband by natural means. Many babies died then and now die before their 5th birthday where medical care, food, etc. aren't available. Pretending that having eight at one time or by assistive treatments was normal in Biblical times is ridiculous.

    This woman won't have a hard time raising these children if the American do-gooders, companies, and government follow their usual pattern for families with large multiples. (Let's just hope her mother can keep from returning to her slave status of being the childcare person for all of them. Mother was right. She should have had this daughter committed long ago.)

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    wildflower

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    nothing against haven children.but already six at home and then 8 more without living in stable realationship. Who's to blame,Doctors ,herself. I think in the US "Invitro" should be more controled and this Mother should be educated about the consequenses she will face with more children.
    It will be the cildren who will suffer into the Future .
    you just can hope this teached her a lesson.
    She will have very hard times ahead of her.

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    ddtynes

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I think this woman is phenominal...definitely one of God's blessings. This was very normal in the biblical days, maybe there shouldn't be so many self-centered people out there and more supportive ones. So what if she gets money, wouldn't you want & need it. That is a huge responsibility and she sounds like a wonderful Super Mom....Debi

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    fashionablady

    almost 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I appreciate your comment, mrsbeck826. This story makes the woman seem to be out of her mind, and perhaps there is a mental health concern, but i feel more pity and compassion for her than anything else. Her mother probably really hurt her saying some of the things she did in this article, and knowing you have no one to turn to... i cant imagine... to say that raising 14 children will be difficult journey is an understatement, but let us pray that someone will come across her path that can be a help and a blessing to her. Financial concerns are the least of her worries. The mental, emotional and physical exhaustion that will plague this mother are sure to overwhelm her, and she will need every kind of love, prayer, and support to help in these next- oh- twenty years?!
    Perhaps she will consider putting up some for adoption? while it is sad to think of splitting them up, surely they will have a better chance at a higher quality life in a smaller family home... God give her the wisdom and the boldness to do whatever is the best for those children, and may the mother-daughter relationship be restored!

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    CNA2MasterRN

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    THIS IS WACKED OUT. I'M A SINGLE MOM OF TWO AND THE OLDER THEY GET THE MORE EXPENSIVE IT GETS. I HAVE TO WORK LONG HOURS JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET THEN I HARDLY EVER GET TO SEE THEM CAUSE I'M AT WORK. HOW DOES SHE EXPECT TO MAKE A LIVING FOR THESE CHILDREN AND GIVE THEM THE LOVE AND NUTURING THAT THEY ALL DESERVE INDIVIDUALLY?

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    AmbitiousFutureRN

    almost 6 years ago

    52 comments

    That sick sick woman. She wants $2 million from anybody who will give her money for her story. She didnt want to get married and her grandmother said that she had an obsession with having kids since she was a teenager. ITA with you chattycathy!

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    chattycathy

    almost 6 years ago

    32 comments

    Why isn't tis quack, money grubbing Dr, held on charges on immorality and ethical wrongdoing? He wants a piece of the pie. He should be just held accountable as she is. To have six children and then have meager wages to support this family is ridiculous. I say, bring the Dr who did this nightmare to justice. Don't let him walk away scott free. maybe he wants a spot on the TLC chanels that give these big families loads of money to exploit their families.
    This single lady is in no shaper to take care of all of these children, her own mother said "She is out of there".
    So sad.......
    THis women has a college degree and NO BRAINS!!!!!!!

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    fancy

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I think this was very selfish and irresponsible. How will she afford 16 kids without welfare. And how will she put 16 kids through college or does she pick and choose who gets an education.

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    nursingprogramwanted

    almost 6 years ago

    18 comments

    I guess her obsession with having kids took the best of her. I just cant imagine her raising all these kids alone. They say some of them are going to be mentally challenged. She already has one with autism. I just hope for the best for her and these kids because she is going to need all the help she can get. Although children are a blessing, I just think she acted irresponsible and selfish by bring them into this type of situation

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