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Mother of octuplets: I always wanted a huge family

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 6, 2009 in Entertainment
Nadya Suleman, the mother who gave birth to octuplets spoke on NBC’s Today Show and said she always dreamed of having a large family. She hated growing up as an only child.
Nadya Suleman, 33, gave birth to octuplets on January 26. Altogether she has 14 children, all birthed through IVF using sperm donated by her friend. She currently has no job, remains single and lives with her parents. She plans to sell her story for millions to pay for her children.
She said she hated growing up as the only child and felt her childhood was “dysfunctional”.
She told NBC:
I didn't feel as though I had much control of my environment...I felt powerless. And that gave me a sense of predictability. It was pretty dysfunctional - whose childhood isn't?
Nadya decided then to have a large family to compensate for being the only child.
She proudly displayed the baby bracelets the hospital gave her.
She said:
'That was always a dream, to have a huge family. I just longed for certain connections that ... I lacked growing up.'
Currently Nadya Suleman lives with her parents and children.
Earlier, it was noted that she planned to sell her story for millions. NBC spokeswoman Megan Kopf said they didn’t pay her for this TV interview.
She said before she got her first child, she had to try seven years before the IVF procedure was successful. Since then, she went on without a pause.
Nadya was released from the Kaiser Permanente Bellf lower Medical Centre Thursday morning.
Suleman suffered injuries in 1999 at the state mental hospital where she worked. She suffered depression because of the incident and injuries. She collected more than $165,000 in disability payments between 2002 and 2008, and part of the money went for her IVF procedures.
Suleman has a degree in child and adolescent development from California State University, where she was studying for a master's degree in counseling when she became pregnant with the octuplets.
Angela Suleman, Nadya’s mother, hopes after the TV interview everyone will show support for her daughter.
Nadya hopes to make $2 million from selling her story, and she has hired two agents. She plans to speak with talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
In the meantime, the Medical Board of California confirmed yesterday that they have launched an investigation into the birth of Suleman’s octuplets. According to American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines, only two embryos should be planted in a woman of Nadya’s age, but her doctors planted eight embryos.
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