January 30, 2009

Mom of octuplets has 6 other kids

Posted: 09:14 AM ET

The mother of a woman who gave birth on Monday to octuplets said her daughter already has six children at home and was undergoing fertility treatment.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Angela Suleman said her daughter had the embryos implanted last year, resulting in the eight births.

"They all happened to take," Suleman told the Times. "I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful."

The woman declined to have the number of embryos reduced when she discovered she was carrying multiples, the Times reported. The six older siblings range from ages 7 to 2, according to the newspaper.

Suleman said she was concerned about her daughter's homecoming because her husband, a contract worker, is due to return to Iraq.

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Terri-TN   January 30th, 2009 9:50 am ET

Larry, Larry, Larry!
Alot of children! Alot of milk, diapers and doctor visits! I sincerely hope they have alot of support from family and friends.They are going to need it in the weeks, months and years to come. I wish them the very best! God Bless!!

Rebecca Robinson   January 30th, 2009 9:51 am ET

I think that all babies are a blessing from above so if God blessed her to have eight more babies God bless her and her family!

Vincent Nizzardi   January 30th, 2009 10:06 am ET

Larry-Baby, I think folks should have as many kids as they like, as long as they, and only they, can support every need those children have. I am now in my fifties, and long ago decieded to have 1 child, then had a vasectomy. I could see that the road to the future was going to be tough, not only for my wife and myself, but also the children I brought into this world. Question, will these wonderful folks be able to pay for the food, and medical care these children will be needing for the next 20 years, or will I and my fellow Americans be doing that for them? This isn't an attack directly on these folks, but everyone who has sex, without planning for the consequences, and causes hardship for themselves, and the many children they bring into this world, as well as financially burdining society.
Place a tax on Everyone who has more than 3 children, to help with those who can't pay for their own.

katie,IL   January 30th, 2009 11:39 am ET

I wounder if she woud now get her own tv show onTLC with having that many kids now since that cable channel has 17 and counting on there and the couple who had twins & then had sextuplets the next time.So with the channel showing thoses 2 big families, I wounder if they would get a show on TLC also with having octuplets along with the othe 6 kids she already has.

Theresa   January 30th, 2009 1:18 pm ET

Amen, Vincent! I have to ask... why is 3 a magic number? Frankly, our conspicuous per capita consumption of finite resources as well as per capita contribution to all manner of pollution and environmental harms cries out for restraint beyond whether or not one can 'afford' the long-term financial investment in children. We ignore the real cost of consumption, the cost borne by the impoverished who are literally enslaved in order to produce 'cheap' goods and services for our convience. Our arrogance in assuming that an increasing population here is without consequences elsewhere is inconsistent with a 'green' mindset. Conscious choice to have more than two children (including choice to not practice reliable birth control) in our well-educated society is irresponsible regardless whether one has the financial wherewithal to support the children without dependence on external resources.

Vincent Nizzardi   January 30th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

Larry-Baby, I think I'm in love with Theresa, you go girl

Terry   January 30th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

I believe having children should be based on whether or not you can afford them financially, physically and emotionally. Children are always a blessing...but reality can sometimes be brutal.

John Hanley   January 30th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

I guess what I have trouble understanding is why would someone who has six children still be taking fertility drugs? Can they afford to support 14 children? My mother came from a family of eleven children although they were all born individually. I know back then, large families were necessary as the parents would often need help on the farm and you could also expect to lose a couple to accidents or illness. I know that the number of children in my mother's family did not effect the quality of life she had growing up. They didn't have all the things we expect to have today but she remained very close with all her brother's and sisters over the years and used to speak of the good times often. I hope this family is able to raise these children in a loving environment where they all stick together and support one another even if they don't have all the material things that many of us today take for granted. Good Luck!

Pamela   January 30th, 2009 4:33 pm ET

I agree with John. What doctor in his right mind would prescribe fertility treatments to a woman who already has six children???

Lisa   January 31st, 2009 2:53 am ET

God help us if they decide to do a reality show!! But that is probably the only way they will be able to support those children in this economy. College tuition for 14 children...what does that total?

janette tx   January 31st, 2009 4:15 am ET

Why have fertility treatments when you have six kids?
Who paid for the treatments.Is the mother mentally
challenged?Is the Mom married and Is the Dad empolyed
these and other questions come to mind.

diamond   January 31st, 2009 11:02 am ET

Remember when the McCaughey septuplets were born? Kenny must have hired a publicity manager, because all the baby supply companies were coming out and pledging free diapers and formula and clothes and the church promised free tuition and people even built them a gigantic free house.

Nothing like that happening here.

diamond again   January 31st, 2009 11:04 am ET

and I still remember the Mom on Dateline. When those kids were born, the whole community came to help here and spent the night feeding those kids so she could sleep. There were ALWAYS volunteers at her house helping out.

Then on Dateline, she explained that she was homeschooling her kids because she didnt "want them exposed to those elements". Wow, what arrogance!! "Those elements" were the people that came to your house for FREE to help you with your babies.

Billy Rebel   January 31st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

A true mockery of justice! Reinstate the Governor!The system failed on this occasion. He did nothing wrong.

Debbie   January 31st, 2009 11:53 pm ET

I believe you are given what you can handle and GOD love her because that is alot of babies. I wish her and her family the best and I hope she has alot of help. Babies are a blessing but I can't imagine the first few months and no sleep!

Don Necochea   February 1st, 2009 12:53 am ET

My sincere best wishes go to this women and her family, but I gotta tell ya, 14 kids?? I hope my tax dollars don't go to supporting this women and her family. If she was rich and had the resources, God bless her. But, come on. 14 kids? She better hope they are all musically gifted, like the Osmonds or the Jacksons. Other wise, she's in big trouble. Timing is not all that great either. Americans are tried of bailing everybody out when they make these decisions to do things that seem outraygous. Did i spell that right? Maybe one of her kids will be a teacher.

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