Octuplets Mother Nadya Suleman NBC Interview Photo

Octuplets Mother Nadya Suleman & Anne Curry.  Photo: AP
Octuplets Mother Nadya Suleman & Anne Curry.  Photo: AP

Octuplets Mother Nadya Suleman & Anne Curry. Photo: AP

Here are some highlights lowlights from the NBC Interview:

For seven years beginning in her teens, Nadya Suleman tried to have a baby. She suffered three miscarriages. She tried artificial insemination and fertility drugs, to no avail. By 2000, a back injury and her inability to bear children had sent her into a deep depression, in which she told a psychiatrist that she had suicidal thoughts.

On many days, she did not get out of bed. One doctor asked her what activities she had given up. Her answer: "Everything." That same year, she tried in-vitro fertilization and became pregnant.

"And then," she said, "I just kept going in."

"I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I -- I really lacked, I believe, growing up," Suleman said. "I didn't feel as though, when I was a child, I had much control of my environment. I felt powerless.

And that gave me a sense of predictability. I -- reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn't functional. It was pretty -- pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn't?" Suleman didn't elaborate in the portion of the interview released by NBC (more will be broadcast on "Today" on Monday and on "Dateline NBC" on Tuesday). But she said her childhood made her yearn for many children of her own.

"That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family," she said.


Hmm. I wonder if it was always a baby's dream to have 13 brothers and sisters and perhaps struggle with life because a mother thought of her dreams and wishes before what is right and better for the children.  Just because you can have 14 children, doesn't mean you should have!-Dr.FB

Comments (51)
  1. Take the babies away. She is SO selfish to have that many kids. Welfare trash! We will support her & the babies for years to come. Those poor kids. She is really stupid to try to tell herself this is all ok. I don’t care if she’s single or has 5 husbands, you just don’t have this many kids & especially on welfare. What a stupid loser she is. Worst Mom I’ve ever seen in my life.

  2. OMG!!!! Is this woman out of her mind? I would rather NOT pay for this womans stupidity, but you know we will. All the taxpayers in America will. THANK YOU!!!!

  3. Forgive my ignorance, but do you have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation prior to in vitro or will they take anyone? If she was admittedly suicidal, why would any doctor in their right mind decide she was a good candidate for such an extreme procedure.
    This is actually very sad. Anyone with 1 newborn baby knows the individual time and care they require, even feeding 1 baby can take a substantial amount of time. is she going to put her other 6 children to task for bottle feeding and diaper changing? Plus, in order to thrive babies, especially preemies need physical contact and she will be incapable of providing that? If she were to completely forgo sleeping, she would only be able to provide just over an hour and a half of personalized interaction.

  4. Gia, that would make you an Octo-Advil taker…..NO!!!!! :)

  5. i can’t get my brain around this. i am looking forward to hearing what this woman has to say in the interview… but honestly, i’m not holding out much hope that it’ll make any more sense to me after i hear her side of the story, if these snippets are any indication of what she’s all about.

    it’s hard to keep my internal judgment machinery from kicking into over drive and even harder to squelch the inner oliver stone conspiracy theory voices that are saying things like… “is it possible that it’s a ploy… she was just looking for a golden ticket… a way out… a paycheck…. could an ethically bankrupt medical professional be in on it… why else would a doctor take what is clearly an unorthodox risk on implanting so many fertilized eggs in this woman…”

    obviously, there are several tv shows out there right now based on large families. could this be the ultimate one up… or eight up… on what’s out there right now? a spotlight grabbing stunt of dangerous proportions?

    on one hand, you hope that she does get a show or a book deal so at least those kids will get some of the resources they are going to need; but on the other hand, you cringe at the thought that we live in a society where someone potentially could do something like this for that reason.

    ugh. off the medicine cabinet for an advil… or eight.

  6. lol at the angelina resemblance. yeah she’s either a trust fund child, recipient of an indecent lawsuit award (back injury at an asylum), or her plans are to sell the babies. she has also had time & monery for her atrocious nose & lip jobs while her babies napped.

  7. I’ve read that she paid for the medical procedure through a settlement from a back injury with a previous employer. I’m not a doctor but this information had to obviously been available to the doctors at Kaiser so my question is: can you safely carry so many babies given the injury? It would be a question of the mother AND the babie’s health. Might not be bad to start doing mental evaluations in a case like this before the procedure is done.

  8. The enabler that allowed her to have more children should be shot. This lady has no means to support the six children she has let alone another eight. All the stories that I’ve read about this woman just makes me sick, someone needs to take her uterus away from her. She’s cost her parents their house, hospital workers their jobs and the taxpayers millions of dollars.

    Shame on you Nadya Suleman!!

    “a back injury and her inability to bear children had sent her into a deep depression, in which she told a psychiatrist that she had suicidal thoughts.”

    Sounds like natural selection to me.

  9. This woman is deranged. There needs to be legislation to ensure that any doctor who performs such a procedure become legally responsible for the health, welfasre and education of the children and the health and welfare of the money. Baring that, the states should be allowed to take charge of the childen to protect their health and welfare. No taxpayer monies to advance this kind of parenting.

  10. She doesnt seem a little off, she appears to be certifiable! I’m sorry for her, her children and all of the taxpayers who will eventually pay to support her kids. This remind you of the lack of common sense and accountability running our economy into the ground? Just a different type of greed.
    Where were her parents during all this? What were the Drs’ thinking? Why is this woman being “honored”. Man, we’ve really turned into a nation of fools!

  11. I agree with the others that there is no way a single mother can provide financially for 14 children unless she is extremely wealthy. Even if that is the case one person cannot provide the emotional support that 14 children will need to grow up to be functional adults. The doctor that implanted the embryos is ethically irresponsible and should have his medical license taken away. There is no reason other than greed that a doctor would do such a thing.

  12. As Dennis Miller once quipped in similar circumstances: “It’s a vagina, woman, not a clown car!”

  13. I definitely pray for all her children, since they seem to have a selfish idiot as a mother. The doctors that inseminated her need to be held accountable. This is so wrong on so many levels.

  14. Christina (DeSilva): you are an idiot…just like this woman! There is no human way to raise 14 children within 7 years of each other unless there is a community family like native Americans or tribes. I’m sorry but welfare is not community living…I am appauled that I am going to have to pay tax dollars to this woman who should be in a psychiatric hospital. The kids should be put into foster homes so that they have a chance at actually growing up in an environment where they will bed fed properly and have clothes that are clean and will fit. If she wants to keep 2 or 3 then and is able to support them than that is okay but I want to be there when she faces them for the first time in real life face to face and tries to explain to them how she wanted to have so many to make her life happy irrespective of how their life would turn out and also we she chose to keep some of her kids but not the others!

  15. I think this single well-educated woman should not have any negativity brought to her because of her children. I give her a lot of credit of having 6 young children and the births of her 8 newborns. Instead of saying thing to bring her down; we as listeners should congratulate her on her newborn children. Well from me, I congratulate you on all your children and thats great how you have the will power to support your children, because you could have put them up for adoption and I give you a lot of credit, sweetie. Good luck with everything and enjoy them ALL! Love sincerely, Christina DeSilva from NY

  16. Quick! Who does she think she looks like? Angelina Jolie. There’s the reason for “wanting” all these children. She’s very sick and needs help.

  17. Fertility treatments should be legally limited to people who can demonstrate that they have the financial resources to adequately care for the (maximum possible number of) resulting children. This case is essentially (if not legally) child abuse, and the fertility clinic that helped Suleman is complicit. In fact, in my opinion, they are even more responsible, since their motive was greed, while Suleman is clearly just insane.

  18. She is single with 14 kids? Who is supporting these children, or is she banking on book deals & a reality show?

  19. I am a single mom of 3. My youngest are twins (6 mos) born via gestational carrier. I happen to be VERY fortunate finacially. But I can tell you there are days when it is difficult to be a GOOD mother to three children on my own. (…and I have a staff to handle all my house and yard work.) Unless she’s SUPERWOMAN, I see no WAY Ms. Suleman can be a GOOD mother to that many children. There just arent enough hours in the day to give quality time to that many kids on your own.
    I’m with Gisela (above) — somebody needs to turn her media spotlight off IMMEDIATELY.

  20. As long as she works and pays for their education and medical care she can have as many kids as she wants. Shame on the doctors who allowed her to do in vitro. Have they no ethics?

  21. Actually, I’d like to revise my statements.

    Maybe the same guy who donated the jizz will also donate the monetary jizz to her.

  22. Look at her lips. They wreak of Botox-ishness…..Do they not?
    Her parents are probably loaded and will help her out….otherwise welfare it is.


  23. And who was supporting the six children before their 8 siblings arrived? On a counselors salary it is NOT possible to support 14 children – so let’s be honest – it’s the taxpayers who will end up paying for those children’s daily needs and education! In my mind Ms. Suleman does not have all her marbles or her sole intention was to rake in lots and lots of money by having those octuplets. Let’s face it, we all have certain dreams but if we can’t afford them they just have to remain dreams! I do think the media should just stop covering this “phenomenon”, and maybe others won’t be tempted to duplicate this “feat”…… By the way, who is going to pay for those tremendous hospital bills?

  24. And the taxpayers get to help her bring up her 14 kids. Gee, aren’t we lucky? This person needs to have her head examined.

  25. AMEN Dr. FB…the Dr. has spoken.

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