Friday, January 30, 2009

This just ain't right...

So remember the other day when that woman in the Sates squeeze out EIGHT kids…

...well it seems more is know about them now.,.. they are already live with her parents and her OTHER SIX children. In a 3 bedroom house. There seems no mention of a Father Figure, but we can safely assume it’s not George Michael.

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Mother of California octuplets has 6 other children
Fri. Jan. 30 2009
The Associated Press

WHITTIER, Calif. -- The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week has six other children and never expected to have eight more when she took fertility treatment, her mother said.

Angela Suleman said her daughter expects a big challenge raising 14 children. The good news, she said, is all the babies appear healthy

"I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful," Suleman told The Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

Suleman's daughter gave birth to the octuplets Monday at a hospital in Bellflower but has requested that doctors keep her name confidential. [1] Media knew little about the woman until a family acquaintance told CBS' "The Early Show" on Thursday that the mother is "fairly young" and lives with her parents and her six children, including twins.

Within hours, media had camped out at the family's home in Whittier, where the babies' grandfather pulled up in a minivan in the evening and briefly spoke to The Associated Press. Beside him were two children -- a 7-year-old and 6-year-old -- who said they were excited to have eight new siblings.

But the grandfather warned that media may have a tougher time finding the family after the babies are released from the hospital.

"We have a huge house, not here," said the man, who would only identify himself as Ed. "You are never going to know where it is." [2]

Suleman said her daughter had embryos implanted last year, and after finding out she was pregnant with multiple babies was given the option by doctors of selectively reducing the number of embryos. The woman declined.

"What do you suggest she should have done? She refused to have them killed," Suleman told the Times. "That is a very painful thing."

Dr. Harold Henry said the woman was already pregnant when she came to Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, and she was counselled on the option of aborting some of the fetuses. Doctors had been expecting only seven babies, but an eighth was born in the cesarean delivery.

The six boys and two girls, the second octuplets born alive in the United States, have garnered worldwide attention as media have attempted to find out more about the mother and her family. Hours after media gathered outside the Whittier home, Kaiser issued a statement on behalf of the mother requesting privacy.

"Please know, in our own time, we will share additional details about this miraculous experience," the statement read. "The babies continue to grow strong everyday and make good progress. My family and I are ecstatic about all of their arrivals. Needless to say the eighth was a surprise to us all, but a blessing as well."

Dr. Mandhir Gupta said seven of the babies were breathing without assistance. One was still receiving oxygen through a tube in his nose.

Seven of the infants were being tube-fed donated breast milk. One of the boys was expected to begin feedings Friday.

All babies continued to receive an intravenous nutritional combination. They were expected to remain in the hospital for several more weeks.

Some fertility specialists have said the children face increased health risks because they are octuplets and born nine weeks premature. At birth, they ranged between 1 pound, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 4 ounces.

Doctors say they advise against higher-order births, but acknowledge the decision is not theirs to make.

"Who am I to say that six is the limit?" said Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, medical director of Fertility Institutes, which has clinics in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City. "There are people who like to have big families."

Dr. James Grifo, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine, added: "I don't think it's our job to tell them how many babies they're allowed to have. I am not a policeman for reproduction in the United States. My role is to educate patients." [3]

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Do the math people. In that 3 bedroom house there are 3 adults and 6 children already, and now… that’s 14 children.

I am gob-smacked that a ‘Mother of six’ is even allowed to be put on fertility drugs in the first place.

Conservative estimates say now that raising a child from birth to the age of 17 will cost $300,000.00, Multiply that by 14 and you’ve got a bill of $4,200,000.00.

Yea I think it’s freaky amazing that she gave birth to eight babies, but it’s totally un-natural and if she didn’t have such advanced medical assistance my guess is that none of them would have made it to term, let alone survived. But then, a woman giving birth to 8 children at once is statistically, freakishly miniscule… humans just ARE NOT built like that. She’d not even have become pregnant with 8 in the first place.

I think the Fertility Doctor that was involved here needs to have their practice put under immediate review. Sure it may not be the Doctors job to tell her she already has 6 kids and that’s enough, but there SHOULD be something in place that should be waving red flags and screaming DANGER WILL ROBINSON! DANGER! When a young woman, already the mother of SIX is undergoing fertility treatment…

It might be judgemental of me, but I don't care; it’s JUST NOT RIGHT.

[1] Um, I’m no rocket scientist here (but I was an honour roll student in high school) and I can safely guess that if her PARENTS have both openly offered THEIR names it’s not difficult to get their offspring’s name from public birth records or the line, not to mention walking to their next door neighbours and asking, “So how is Mary doing?” … “Her name’s not Mary, it’s Jane… oops!”, “THANK YOU”.

[2] If you HAVE a larger house then why are you currently NINE people in a 3 bedroom house.

[3] Seems you’re not doing such a great job then.


Maria said...

I heard about this story. Geeeeezz and ouch is all I gotta say. Plus, as they get older its when the real work sets in. I mean really, by the time I finish homework with 2 kids, cook and clean up after the 4 of us (or 5 of us on many days as sonny boy has a friend who practically lives at our place) I am pooped. Not exactly sure if you would ever get to sleep with 14 kids. Then again, sleep is wayyyyyy over rated.

Misster Kitty said...



The woman needs to have her head examined!

Maria said...

I don't think she has time to go get her head axamined.

How do you breastfeed 14 babies?

Maria said...

***errrrrrr, I mean examined.

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out why you would take fertility drugs if you already have six children! Isn't six plenty? Completely irresponsible and I don't want to hear one "happy" story on the news about how they're receiving gobs of free stuff from companies and isn't it fantastic. Because it isn't!

Trixie (the intolerant one)

Newsguy Bob said...

Three-bedroom house or trailer? Man, that is the mother of all Jerry Springer or Maury Povich stories waiting to happen.
"I don't know who the Baby Papa of my octuplets is."
Where is Social Services in all this?
Stupid breeds stupid.

Newsguy Bob said...

Oh, I just figured out her excuse: "But I thought I was only having SEPTuplets."

Misster Kitty said...


Baby Daddy is "Specimen Cup #2"

Misster Kitty said...

Saddly Trixi, you KNOW they're gonna get TONS of free crap...

Mitzi said...

Is she a woman or a Golden Retriever. I bet her house stinks.

Misster Kitty said...

I think technically a Dalmation...

ayem8y said...

I don’t understand all of the fuss. It’s rather common practice here in the south to have hundreds of babies. What is surprising is the mother’s advanced age, most are aged twelve to sixteen. Why did she need fertility drugs? It’s obvious that she is prolifically fertile, why in some cultures she would be worshipped as a fertility Goddess.

Misster Kitty said...

ayem8y... indeed she is twice that age, but I think it DOES help her case that she's single and lives at with her parents... and did you hear she's "willing" to appear on Oprah... for two million dollars. TRASH.