Octuplet Mom Looks for TV Career as Child Expert

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New mom of octuplets Nadya Suleman, whose own mother says her daughter may have a serious mental problem, is eager to dispense her best child-rearing advice. The 33-year-old single mother of 14 offered Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer the opportunity to tap her parental wisdom for the low, low price of $2 million. She allegedly hopes to parlay her famous fertility into a career in reality TV, à la Jon and Kate Gosselin.

California Octuplets

    Mother of Octuplets
    Nadya Suleman told TODAY's Ann Curry in an exclusive interview that "a huge family" was a childhood dream growing up as an only child. Suleman, already of mother of six, also denied charges that she was irresponsible to have so many babies.

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    The reported grandfather of the octuplets escorts two children to a bus outside the Suleman home in Whittier, CA. The mother, Nadya Suleman, has six other children.

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    Araceli Castro, right, who identified herself as a nanny, talks to reporters as she arrives at the Whittier, CA, home of a woman who gave birth to octuplets this week.

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    Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center nursing staff who delivered octuplets on January 27, 2009. The six boys and two girls -- weighing between 1 pound, 8 ounces, and 3 pounds, 4 ounces -- were born nine weeks premature by C-section and are all in stable condition.

    Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center

    Dr. Jalil Riazi, right, and Dr. Karen Maples at a news conference on the amazing octuplets born at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in Bellflower, CA. Doctors say the octuplets are a feisty bunch that appear healthy after being born kicking and crying.

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    Doctors at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, expecting seven babies, said they were surprised by the birth of an eighth infant.

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    The home of the Nadya Suleman, the Whitier, CA, woman who gave birth to octuplets with six children already at home.

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    Television news vans outside the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in south Los Angeles. The public is following the story of the world's second live-born set of octuplets.

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    First Octuplets: Nkem Chukwu, 29, right rear, her husband Iyke Louis Udobi, 41, center, and her mother Janet Chukwu, from Houston, pose with their eight children. Chukwu and Udobi are parents of the world's first octuplets born in 1998, but one child died a week after birth. Their little sister Favor, 6, third from right, joined the family in 2002.

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Angela Suleman, the octuplets grandmother, says she was so concerned with her daughter's "obsession with children" that she consulted with a psychologist. Angela told the press: "[She] is not evil, but she is obsessed with children. She loves children, she is very good with children, but obviously she overdid herself."

She added: "It can't go on any longer. 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."

Oh, yeah, you heard that right. And there's more.

This self-described "full-time student," whose own parents have been forced to file bankruptcy due to the financial pressures of caring for their daughter and her children, is single. A divorcee, she broke up with her boyfriend just before the birth of her first child seven years ago.

Now there are eight more babies, laying in a neonatal intensive-care unit, some fighting for their lives. And where is their daddy, you might ask?

Did she use a sperm donor? Did she use an egg donor? No one knows. It's highly unlikely that Nadya conceived eight babies all on her own, the natural way. Suleman was working at a fertility clinic, and speculation is that the babies were conceived with frozen sperm donated by a friend; perhaps the same man as the father of her two-year-old twins.

Nadya's fruitful pregnancy gets more and more controversial every day, as medical experts question the ethics of the fertility specialist who allowed this single mom to add eight more babies to her brood. Women who achieve this kind of multiple pregnancy via infertility treatments are customarily counseled to terminate some of the embryos. Supposedly, Nadya received this advice during the first trimester.

Angela Suleman has said the 33-year-old refused, because she was unable to make such a "life-or-death decision." Call me crazy, but didn't she make that choice anyway, by choosing to bear such high-risk babies?

The story continues to unfold, with more and more outrageous details coming to light every day, as the babies get stronger. As of now, all but one of them are breathing on their own. Someday they are going to ask a lot of questions about just how they came into this world, just like we are today.

This woman must be delusional. Not only does she seem to believe she can continue to raise children like a litter of puppies while her parents foot the bill, now she wants to tell the rest of us how to parent? This is not a mother, this is a car crash. We are all rubbernecking at the mess on the side of the road, while those poor kids are the collateral damage.

What do you think? Is Nadya crazy or does she just love kids? Did the doctors who may have helped her have an ethical and moral responsibility to advise this young woman against taking fertility drugs?

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