Birth Of Octuplets Spurs Debate

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Birth Of Octuplets Spurs Debate
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One young mother and her eight new babies are causing quite a stir in the news recently.  Because of the details surrounding Nadya Suleman’s case, the ethics involved in the birth of her octuplets has become much debated over.  Suleman, who is a 33-year-old single mother of six children from previous in-vitro procedures, currently lives with her parents.

Nadya Suleman's mother, Angela Suleman, has expressed concern over her daughter’s actions and recently told the Associated Press that she was not supportive of her decision to have more children.  Angela Suleman has told the press that her daughter was obsessed with having children and has talked about it since she was a teenager.

The Associated Press reports that all of the 8 babies, 6 boys and 2 girls, were delivered by Cesarean section.  The babies weighed anywhere between 1 pound, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 4 ounces.  Seven of the eight babies are breathing on their own while one remains on a respirator.  It took 46 doctors and staff to assist in the delivery of these octuplets. 

Much of the recent debate has been about whether doctors should have offered the 33-year-old mother of six the option to undergo in-vitro fertilization treatment.  Ethicists also question why the doctors would have implanted so many embryos.  And still others worry about how the mother will raise 14 children, now ranging in age from newborn to 7 years old and whether she will end up relying on public assistance.

A former caregiver to Nadya Suleman’s autistic son, Yolanda Garcia, spoke with the Long Beach Press-Telegram about the mother’s recent delivery.  She said, “From what I could tell back then, she was pretty happy with herself, saying she liked having kids and she wanted 12 kids in all.” 

What do you think of the news about the recent octuplet birth?

Do you think doctors are at fault for allowing this mother to receive fertility treatment?


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  • Mom2twoBoys By Mom2twoBoys

    I agree with you girls!! It is ridiculous! She's going to see her "15mins of fame" disappear quickly. I heard she got a book and a movie deal?!? WTH? They are further endorsing "bad behavior". I do have to say good for her to get a degree (she's working on her masters) so as to make better money to support her kids..... but WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE DONE to have babies!! Ugh! Such irresponsibility all the way around. I fear something will happen to the kids because she won't be able to handle it. I agree with Jen above, too. With the rigorous, intense testing, interviewing, etc that goes into adoption, why didn't she go through the same? THIS CASE IS SO INFURIATING!

  • tlspencer By tlspencer

    I just wonder who paid for all this. It's ridiculous for these doctors just in it for the money, but if she had the money to pay for the procedure at the time, who are they to be the judge and jury? She is definitely a candidate for some MAJOR psychiatric intervention though.

  • pvdela By pvdela

    They shouldn't have offered her the procedure AT ALL, she can't even take care of the first six without depending on her parents for support and she clearly is doing it for a very immature reason, with no thought for how it impacts anyone other than her own selfish, childish desires. She should have been required to pass a psych exam to move forward with any of the procedures including the first one.

  • JBaity By JBaity

    These doctors acted in a reckless and selfish manner, with no regard to the possible welfare of these children. They gave her the option of IVF only to make money, and possibly fame for being the doctors to deliver octuplets. How irresponsible of a doctor do you have to be to think it is a good idea to implant 8 embryos into an unmarried woman who already has 6 children & lives with her parents? You would think that somewhere along the line a red flag would have gone up and someone would have insisted that she seek psychological help. If she can raise all these children on her own, with out the help of our tax dollars then more power to her. However, being a single mother of 14, my opinion is that she will seeks the help of taxpayer funded assistance programs, & when she does we should send the bills directly to these doctors, since they are the ones who thought this was a good idea. These doctors should be held responsible for their reckless & irresponsible actions.

  • lucky1307 By lucky1307

    I don't think there is any question that this woman will be on welfare. Her own mother stated they are having trouble supporting the six her daughter already has. I think this woman is 100% selfish for doing this to her other children, her parents and these poor babies that were born under unnatural conditions.

  • am_i_lost By am_i_lost

    My first question is; "who paid for all of the medical procedures so for?..the IVF, all the prenatal care, all the Dr.s and Hospital bills?" I'm sure tax payers!!! I will never understand why that is allow. If you can't/or won't take care of yourself financially why on earth should these Dr.s have helped her bring 8 more children into this world. The only thing I can think of is to get "Their Own Little Moment Of FAME!" SHAME ON EACH AND EVERYONE involved!!! Where are they going to be with the life long care of raissing these children? Unbelievable!!!

  • fostermomof5 By fostermomof5

    The birth of children is a blessing from God and happy is the man whose quiver is full of them. However, she didn't rely on God to provide her with children she took matters into her own hands and she will reap the consequence of taking on so heavy a burden and will obviously need the support of family and volunteers around the clock to care for so many. I have five children, three that I birthed and two adopted sons both age two from different mothers and I am a stay at home mom, former professional and I have a hard time keeping my sanity. The joy is immense, but the hard first two years is ahead for this woman and I feel her pain.

  • hairs2u By hairs2u

    I thought it was a wonderful thing. To give this woman a family. Until I heard how many children she already had at home. Who could be so irresponsible to give this woman IVF when she did not need to have it. I know what it is all about to have these issues but When you have that many children already there was no need to put these babies at risk for all the problems that could occur.

  • trigg93 By trigg93

    The main issue is, can she care for all of these children? It is one thing is she can provide and care for all of these children, but if not then who is she really thinking about herself and her wants or her children?

  • franceen By franceen

    They should of never let her do the treatment, considering she already has 6 kids. I thought that proceedure was for woman who had probblems concieving. I also heard that she works at fertility clinic, so whos to say the proceedure was even legal to do. I feel sorry for those little babys. This was a carless decission on this ladys part.. Lets all pray that the babys survive, for they are the victims of this whole mess.

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