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Birth Of Octuplets Spurs Debate

SS Member Image By drodriguez 02.01.09
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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  • chochie1 By chochie1

    I believe that every woman should have the right to decide how many children to have, but to an extent. How can one woman care for 14 children on her own? And with no father figure at all. It's not fair that tax payers should have to pay for someone's choice to have so many children and not have a job to pay for them. It's a shame that these children will end up suffering. I would also like to know how she paid to have the procedure to begin with. Poor children.

  • erica_cal By erica_cal

    She can have the right to so many kids if she is willing to pay for them. Somehow I doubt she is footing the bill for this!

  • courtney1191 By courtney1191

    I don't believe that having more children was in the best interest of the mother, her existing children, or the newborns. Ultimately, though, this was her choice. I don't believe it's the doctor's job to decided whether or not someone can receive invitrofertilization based upon how many children they already have. They aren't there to judge. I don't know why they implanted so many embryoes, though. Eight is excessive.

  • Sparkleandshine By Sparkleandshine

    Wouldn't you just LOVE to see the hospital bill on this?! 46 DOCTORS. How many nurses and other staff were needed? It just boggles my mind. I do think had she been a married woman and these were her first children people would be reacting much differently. Not that I don't feel the same way as most considering her circumstances. I will not support her 'fame' by buying any magazine that she sells her story and babies pictures off to for the highest price. I would like to know more about the fertility clinic she used. How could the Dr. be so irresponsible. I don't know of any reason so many embryo's would have been transferred to a woman that already has children. This whole story just makes me question her sanity and I wish the best for those babies.

  • Joianya By Joianya

    You would think that to do a procedure where your patient may possibly have eight children at one time, there would be a psychiatric exam done! She clearly has issues that need to be resolved. I wonder if she is one of these women that "loves" babies but as the child ages, she loses interest, and "needs" another infant? I knew a woman like that, she had 8 children, and the older ones ended up raising the younger ones, once the mother lost interest after they started becoming more independant. So then that creates problems in the older children lives being tied down to their younger siblings, and being responsible for their well being. Two of her older daughters married military men at very young ages, just to get out of that home. The reprocusions are very sad.


    Why should doctors get to decide whether a woman is worthy of in-vitro? If the ability to implant an embryo exists, then it should be up to that woman if implantation occurs, Right? I would assume quite of few of the people responding negatively are pro-choice, and if you are then you are being hypocrites.

  • judydodd By judydodd

    I first felt that all the media was really too much and that if she wanted and could support 14 children that wasn't anyone elses business till I heard that she wasn't married, unemployed, and was living with her parents. This probably means that she is on welfare and we are paying for her 14 kids. I don't like that and she should know better than to have this many kids if she couldn't afford them. She loves children from I have heard and this is why she wanted more children. I like to eat but I wouldn't buy a grocery store at the taxpayers expense just to satisfy my wants!

  • Daintry2 By Daintry2

    I feel sorry for the kids, either way they are going to lose out. People are upset about it, so they don't get many sponsors, which will mean less help for raising them. Or on the other end, they get lots of support and are turned into TV puppets. There is no way that a single mom of 6 children should have been allowed to do this. She is only 33 years old, and has NO job. The Dr. should be responsible for supporting them, if indeed a Dr. was part of it. It is a crime in my eyes. All children are a blessing, but she went to far in this. I think it was a premeditated attempt at publicity, that is wrong on so many levels.

  • thedaurys By thedaurys

    Its hard enough being a married mother of THREE let alone being a SINGLE mother of 14. Honestly she had her hands full with what she had. She should of been happy with the six. I HOPE and PRAY things go well. But I dont see how they will. Even Public assistance can only help so much. I wont say Public assistance shouldn't help her but be for real. The doctors should be ashamed of themselves its media coverage even for them. This mutliple birth things have to stop with the invitro Id be more surprised if someone naturally got pregnant with that many then invitro thats done purposely.

  • violetlady03 By violetlady03

    I am so upset Childrens are not toys, they need time and dedication. They should investigate more and take the license of the doctor who implanted all embryos.

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