Octuplet Mom Asks for Money on New Web Site

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Nadya Suleman, mother of the octo-cuties, has just launched a website begging people for donations.

The message on the welcome screen thanks the public for the love and good wishes the family has received. She also shares the good news that the babies are getting healthy and stronger by the day. The clincher? Nadya then posts her publicist's address (since when do people on the dole have a publicist?!?) as the contact for people to mail cash or checks.

Give me a break.

Octuplets Gallery

    A child stands in a bedroom in the home of Angela Suleman, the grandmother of the California octuplets. Nadya Suleman, the mother of the babies who also has six other children, said this week that she is done having children. See More Photos From RadarOnline.com

    Stewart Cook, RadarOnline.com

    The Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26 had the embryos implanted at a Beverly Hills clinic run by a controversial doctor, it was revealed Monday. Here, Dr. Michael Kamrava is shown performing an ultrasound on a pregnant Nadya Suleman in 2006. In addition to the octuplets, Suleman has six other children, ages 2 to 7.

    KTLA / AP

    Suleman is shown with two of her children in 2006. The single mom told NBC's 'Today' show that she was "fixated" on having children. She said all 14 of her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization with sperm donated by a friend. She said she used the same doctor for all her pregnancies.

    KTLA / AP

    Suleman looks at an ultrasound of her unborn twins in 2006. She told NBC that she is not "living off the taxpayers," but she has accepted food stamps. RadarOnline.com reported that she is living in a hotel room, although it's not clear who is paying for the room.

    KTLA / AP

    NBC's 'Today' broadcast footage Monday of Suleman visiting her octuplets in the California hospital where they were born Jan. 26. There are six boys and two girls.

    MSNBC.com

    A combination picture shows the octuplets. Clockwise from top left are: Josiah, Makai, Jeremiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Noah, Maliyah and Isaiah. All share the middle name Angel and the last name Solomon.

    NBC / Reuters

    Suleman did not disclose the name of her doctor, but she said on 'Today' that she went to the West Coast IVF Clinic in Beverly Hills. Its director is Kamrava, shown being followed by reporters Monday. Kamrava, 57, would not comment, but told reporters outside his clinic on Rodeo Drive that he had granted an interview to one of the television networks.

    Nick Ut, AP

    Kamrava enters his office Monday. Some fertility specialists have questioned his methods. "He's tried some novel techniques and some of those methods have been controversial," said Dr. John Jain, founder of Santa Monica Fertility Specialists. Ethicists have questioned the decision to implant so many embryos in Suleman, saying the health of both the mother and babies were at risk.

    Nick Ut, AP

    Without identifying the doctor, the Medical Board of California said last week that it was investigating Suleman's physician to see whether there may have been "a violation of the standard of care." The board said Monday it has not taken any disciplinary action against Kamrava in the past.

    Nick Ut, AP

    This is the building where Kamrava's clinic is located. Many have questioned why a doctor would help a single woman with six young children and no visible means of support to conceive more babies.

    Nick Ut, AP



Suleman's financial situation is certainly dismal. After all, this single mom doesn't have a job, lives at home with her parents (who aren't exactly pleased about running a daycare in their home), and owes a reported $50,000 in student loans and millions of dollars in medical bills. Let's face it: It's the taxpayers who will ultimately have to clean up her financial mess. If Nadya is on welfare that means California residents are paying for her lifestyle in an economy where people can barely afford to feed their own kids. What's more, the Wall Street Journal reported that the state may postpone $4 billion in payments for college grants, welfare and income tax refunds.

It's not just the state that's bearing the cost, though. For most families, the price of having a baby is covered by insurance. Multiple births are just plain expensive, though. There's no getting around it. I just wonder if insurance companies will raise insurance premiums related for pregnancy and childbirth to protect themselves from an octo-nightmare like the one currently unfolding in California.

So let me get this straight: Nadya Suleman is not responsible enough to hold a job yet she gives birth to eight kids when she already has six in a state with dwindling resources? And if she has no money, how did she pay for her IVF -- much less the all-too-obvious plastic surgery she's had on her lips and nose?

I will also go out on a limb and say this: Having octuplets just sounds like weird science to me. Can you imagine breastfeeding eight newborn? Changing eight dirty diapers all day and all night? Bath time won't be a special bonding experience for mother an baby; it'll be a veritable assembly line. And that goes for all those other one-on-one (or two-on-one) snuggle times parents have with their tots.

Should Nadya be asking the public to pay for her family? Is she doing what any 21st century person would do, which is capitalize on her fame? Or has she made her bed and should lie in it?

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