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Grandmother Critical Of Daughter Desire To Have More Children

By KJ Mullins     Jan 31, 2009 in Health
Her daughter always wanted babies according to the mother of Nadya Suleman, 33, who gave birth to octuplets this week. Angela Suleman has dealt with stress in the wake of her daughter's obsession for children.
A psychologist has told Angela to order her daughter out of her home. That Angela couldn't do as CBC reports;
"Maybe she wouldn't have had so many kids then, but she is a grown woman," Angela Suleman said. "I feel responsible and I didn't want to throw her out."
The elder Suleman's filed for bankruptcy in 2008. They owe $984,426.30 to their creditors. When the couple did not follow through with the court proceedings the bankruptcy case was closed on July 22, 2008.
Nadya Suleman already had six children before she underwent fertility treatment resulting in the eight births this week. The father of four of the children David Solomon is in the service.
Angela Suleman admits she has not been supportive of her daughter's latest round of fertitlity treatments. The Associated Press quotes Ms. Suleman;
It can't go on any longer," she said in a phone interview Friday. "She's got six children and no husband.
"I was brought up the traditional way. I firmly believe in marriage. But she didn't want to get married."
The eight infants will likely remain in hospital for a month. Nadya should be released within a week. While she recovers Angela is taking care of her six older grandchildren, one of whom is autistic.
The older children range in age from two to seven.
When the doctors discovered that Nadya was carrying eight embryos they recommended that she abourt some of them, as did Angela. Nadya refused.
Three years ago Yolanda Garcia, 49, of Whittier, California offered to care for the autistic boy.
"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," Garcia told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
"She told me that all of her kids were through in vitro, and I said, 'Gosh, how can you afford that and go to school at the same time?"' she added. "And she said it's because she got paid for it."
All of the children have the same sperm donor.
This case has sparked debate over the ethics of fertility treatments. Medically it is irresposbile to implant eight embryos, both for the children and the mother.
CBS reports:
Dr. Mark Surrey, a fertility expert, told Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman that it is irresponsible and medically risky to implant eight embryos. "(Any doctor who would do that) should be criticized, censured, and professionally reviewed," Surrey said.
"I don't know of anyone who would applaud this as a good outcome," said Surrey, adding that it was fortunate that all eight babies survived.
“I completely agree with Dr. Surrey," Dr. James Grifo, Program Director at the New York University Fertility Center and one of the nation's top infertility specialists, told Early Show Saturday Edition co-anchor Erica Hill. "I know no physician who would put eight embryos in a patient. We don't do that, because of the risks. Our goal as practitioners is to help patients have a healthy offspring.
Nadya Suleman holds a degree in child and adolescent development from California State University. She is studying for her masters in counseling.
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