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posted 2/7/2009 2:23:49 PM |
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Personally I think she is extremely selfish and has some definite mental issues! If as she states in the interview she tried for 7 yrs unsuccessfully to have a child, and she already had 6 children, did she start this at age 18???

Octuplet mom defends her ‘unconventional’ choices
Nadya Suleman denies being selfish, says she holds each baby 45 minutes

Octuplet mom: ‘All I wanted was children’
Feb. 6: TODAY’s Ann Curry talks to Nadya Suleman, the woman who gave birth to octuplets last week, about her dreams of having a large family and how she plans to raise her 14 children.

NBC via AP
Exclusive interview with octuplet mom
The entire exclusive interview with Nadya Suleman, including the first video of the eight babies, will air on TODAY Monday, Feb. 9, and on Dateline NBC at 10 p.m./ 9 C on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

By Mike Celizic contributor
updated 9:29 p.m. CT, Fri., Feb. 6, 2009
Editor's note: The entire exclusive interview, including the first video of the eight babies, will air on TODAY Monday, Feb. 9, and on Dateline at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

The Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets last week told TODAY’s Ann Curry in an exclusive interview that growing up as an only child, she had always dreamed of having “a huge family.” She also denied charges that she was irresponsible to have so many babies — especially with six other children already at home.

“People feel, you know, this woman is being completely irresponsible and selfish to bring these children in the world without a clear source of income and enough help to raise them,” Curry told Nadya Suleman in a segment that aired Friday on TODAY. “The world outside is saying, ‘What are you doing?’ ”

“I know I'll be able to afford them when I'm done with my schooling,” the 33-year-old single mom replied. Calm, poised and articulate in the glare of the media spotlight, Suleman added: “If I was just sitting down watching TV and not being as determined as I am to succeed and provide a better future for my children, I believe that would be considered, to a certain degree, selfish.”

"I love my children’
Suleman, who said she holds each premature infant 45 minutes each day, said she was hoping to have one more child after having six previous children, all of whom are under the age of 7. She said she had six embryos implanted, two of which resulted in twins. Curry reported that although Suleman has received disability payments from the state of California, she said she refuses to accept welfare payments. Suleman and her children live with her mother, Angela Suleman.

“All I wanted was children. I wanted to be a mom. That's all I ever wanted in my life. I love my children,” she told Curry.

Curry said that Suleman said she intends to return to college in the fall to complete a master’s degree in counseling. Suleman had worked in a state mental hospital from 1997-2006, but spent much of the time after 1999 on disability after injuring her back in a riot at the facility.

Suleman said she is a good mother.

“I'm providing myself to my children. I'm loving them unconditionally, accepting them unconditionally,” she told Curry. “Everything I do, I'll stop my life for them and be present with them. And hold them. And be with them. And how many parents do that? I'm sure there are many that do, but many don't. And that's unfortunate. That is selfish.”

‘Phenomenal risk’
Suleman said she was fully aware of the risks of carrying eight fetuses. “Those are my children, and that’s what was available,” she said. “It’s a gamble.”

In a separate segment, NBC’s chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, said the gamble didn’t end with the live births of all eight babies.

“That risk is not only to mom — her uterus can rupture and she can die — there’s a phenomenal risk to eight babies. Eight babies, by definition, cannot be born normal weight and robust,” Snyderman told TODAY’s Matt Lauer after watching Suleman’s interview with Curry.

She explained: “They’re going to watch these kids very carefully for eating problems, growing [problems], and then seizures, jaundice, heart problems, lung problems, blindness, developmental delays — there’s a laundry list of things. Long term, because some of these children will be physically or mentally challenged, there’s a looming price tag out here. The hospital bill alone will run $1.5 to $3 million. Forget about getting to college; just to get through special-needs stuff — it’s going to have to come from somewhere, either the taxpayers of California or her family or her church or the hospital. But she can’t do it alone.”

NBC contributor and psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz added that there will be emotional issues to deal with as well. “Undoubtedly these eight children are going to have issues: at the minimum, the issue of neglect,” Saltz told Lauer.

“Obviously, she’s saying she’s going to love them, but there are 14 children and [only] one of her,” Saltz continued. “There’s going to be an absence of some emotional needs. There will probably be developmental delays at best in these children; maybe learning disabilities. There are going to be major issues that they’re going to need various therapies for.”

Childhood dream
Suleman said she went to the same in vitro fertilization clinic to have all 14 of her children. All were conceived with donated sperm from the same father, Suleman said.

Suleman told Curry that the father is a bit overwhelmed right now, but she is hoping that he will want to get to know his children when he is ready.

“How did an only child end up with 14 children?” Curry asked Nadya Suleman.

Paul Drinkwater / NBC News
Nadya Suleman defended her choices in an exclusive interview with Ann Curry: “All I wanted was children.”

“That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family, and I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I really lacked, I believe, growing up,” she replied.

The entire exclusive interview will air along with exclusive video of the babies on TODAY Monday, Feb. 9, and on Dateline at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

“Describe what you felt you lacked within,” Curry said.

“Feeling of self and identity,” Suleman replied. “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. Reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn't functional. It was pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn't?”

Saltz later opined to Lauer that Suleman’s statement reveals emotional issues. “I think she’s in a bit of denial here and quite defensive, because in fact she does talk about the fact that this has been her life’s mission: to have babies, have babies, have babies. There’s an obsession to this, and I think it’s quite disturbing,” the psychiatrist sai

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Feb 7 @ 3:01PM  
Reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn't functional. It was pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn't?”
So is she saying that if all 14 of her children have a dysfunctional childhood she is going to look at that as normal since she seems to think that everyones childhood was dysfunctional?

Regardless of how much someone loves or wants children there comes a point when it is not in the best interest of the child/children to keep having them. It's only selfish. Love can't buy formula or diapers. And how fair is it to the ones she already had...

Feb 7 @ 3:06PM  
She's a stupid,selfish bint,and of course she will be a media darling...only in America.

Feb 7 @ 3:10PM  
This is the part that blows my mind.
Suleman said she intends to return to college in the fall to complete a master’s degree in counseling

Has she learned nothing in her classes so far? How much time or attention can she give any of the children if she is going to college and then obviously plans on working? Who is going to have to care for the children while she attends classes? It says that she and her six children live with her mother and I've read in previous stories that her father is working as a contractor in Iraq. So does this mean that her mom and dad are supporting her and the six she had? And how could any Dr. perform this many invitro procedures on one woman? Does he have no morals, legal or otherwise? Sadly I think she just did it as a way to try to get a reality show or make quick bucks off the whole situation.

Feb 7 @ 3:15PM  
Like other topics have broached recently...
IF she can support and care for them, fine. If she further burdens the world at large with her financial woes, then no.

Personally I feel she puts the cart in front of the horse by having them first, then "planning" on finishing college to be able to support them after the fact...

But that's just me.

Feb 7 @ 5:29PM  
Pretty self-serving, and a desperate cry for if 6 weren't enough......hell I have 2 and I am scrambling to make it......Her poor family......I just worry about the health issues of the babies...........and lastly, who is footing the bill?

Feb 7 @ 7:12PM  
Oh... don't get me started!! I have a BIG problem with this woman.... at some point, with 14 children, there WILL be some neglect to those kids. How can one person take care of that many kids? It's impossible!! She doesn't work so you know who's footing the bill.... the taxpayers of CA.. Even if she graduates and gets her degree in counseling as she wants to do, she will still be hard pressed to care for that many children... who's going to babysit them while she's working? And who's going to pay for it?
The Today show did an interview with Gail Saltz and Nancy Sniderman the other day , you could just disgust all over Nancy Snidermans face....
This woman needs to be sterilized at this point.... how many more kids is she going to have?? And this friend that donated the sperm.... is she going to stick him for child support? The state probably can't deny her help because that's going to mean those children will go without, but why should tax payers foot the bill?
It's crazy... and the doctor who did the invitro should lose his license... what was he thinking?!?!?!?
I'll be interested to see how this plays out and see how long it takes for the state to start taking her babies away from her.
And what a burden she has put on her mother! She's a selfish, self serving bitch! JMO!!

Feb 7 @ 7:21PM  
I have not only been a parent, I have been a single parent...seen it, done it, and the kid stole the tee shirt. She grew up to be a fine woman, now 33. I anticipate that by around 2212 or so, that this woman will discover that hell will hold no surprises.

Feb 7 @ 7:42PM  
How the Hell is she going to remember all those names

Feb 7 @ 8:47PM  
I don't know this woman personally, I only know what has been reported on tv about her. I think she's nuts to have wanted another child after having 6 already...but that's my opinion. To have 8 more, what was the doctor thinking implanting that many embryos in her?


Feb 7 @ 9:21PM  
Where is the Love????
Some Women Can do.. all that!!!!

Feb 7 @ 9:27PM  
NO woman can take care of all those kids OHT!! It's impossible!! it's crazy to even think it.... I don't know what she was thinking!! 6 was plenty..... hell, how can you divide yourself amongst 6 kids... let alone 14??
Sorry... .they need to be taken away from her before she has the chance to neglect any of them.... and I hope I don't get a bunch of shit for that statement but I don't know anyone who could take care of 14 kids! unfathomable!

Feb 7 @ 10:00PM  
octuplet ...8 kids or 8 arms to handle the herd... Damn she has 14 kids... What is going through her mind ... starting a new generation Brady Bunch

Feb 8 @ 8:14AM  
Sje needs to change her last name to Hubbard.

Feb 8 @ 9:59AM  
Some Women Can do.. all that!!!!
Alex, I have known some wonderful women in my life..some of which I have referred to as super woman...because it seemed like they could do anything. But I don't know one woman who could single handedly take care of 14 children. Even with her mom helping her, that's way too much for anyone and the children are going to be the ones neglected. Regardless of how much they may be loved.

There are sooo many people struggling to feed a normal size family, can you imagine what that grocery bill will be every week? Can you imagine who is going to pay it?
But the important thing is, with that many children, how many of them are going to fall through the cracks? Not get the attention they need, the time to discuss things or work out problems they may have or talk about how they are feeling about something?

She may love children, but personally, I don't think they are all going to feel much love for her as they grow older..

Feb 8 @ 10:06AM  
Remember, people, spay and neuter your children.. if they ain't got two braincells to rub together.. get em fixed.

Feb 8 @ 12:23PM  
I was going to blog th is too. I think she is selfish and someone should have stopped her. In this economy, no one can afford hat many children, including the kids she has at home. None of those kids is going to get any kind of special attention. No way you can divide your attention to that many kids.

What happens when she spazz's and decides to drown all her kids? Sick woman. All because she was lonely......Really sad. They should have removed her uterus after she had them.

Feb 8 @ 12:57PM  
one n da' mrs were wondering....WTF was that doctor thinking??????

Feb 8 @ 2:23PM  
The really bad thing is, it's all about the money to come. The attention, the contracts that she is already in the process of reviewing for her very own television show on parenting or perhaps a reality show. In a country where you can get a reality show for having way too many kids for your or their own good, it's not a far stretch to think she'll have her own. So besides being neglected and starving for one on one attention, they can grow up under spotlights and having their every moment filmed for the amusement of total strangers. Even the doc will most likely make lots of money off this situation as well. The publicity will drum up more business for him I'm sure. Hey, he's damned successful at implanting embryos to be sure. Couples that have had little success in the process previously will be migrating to his clinic by the droves. Pretty damned sad if you ask me.

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