Nadya Suleman has been all over the news since she gave birth to octuplets last week. The mother from southern California had six children already before giving birth by Caesarian section to eight more after receiving payment for in vitro fertilization.
A lot of the public eye (including Barnard President Debora Spar) has scrutinized her decision to have so many children, claiming that it displays irresponsibility in the fertility industry. However, Suleman denies these charges, calling her decision an unconventional one that was nonetheless carefully thought out. She attributes her unusual decision to a lifelong desire to have a large family, and believes that she will afford raising her fourteen kids after finishing school.
According to Bloomberg.com,
Nadya Suleman received in vitro fertilization treatments from an unnamed provider, then delivered eight babies by Caesarean section on Jan. 26. She had six embryos implanted, she said today in an interview on NBC’s Today Show, and two of them divided into twins.
She probably had the multiple embryos implanted in her by “a rogue clinic,” said Jeffrey Steinberg, a Los Angeles fertility doctor who wasn’t involved in her treatment. While implanting that many embryos exceeds the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, it doesn’t violate any law.
What do you think of Suleman’s decision?