Joann Killeen of the Killeen Furtney Group says that octuplet mom Nadya Suleman wasn’t motivated by financial gain. Well, it’s a good thing, because she is not being deluged with the free diapers, formula or baby food, baby clothes or furniture that usually pour into the house of a multiple birth. (The Killeen Furtney Group, which represents corporate and public relations crises, has been retained to represent Suleman.)
Many people’s attitudes changed regarding the octuplet mom when they learned she already had six children, also conceived by fertility treatments. Companies that make diapers, formula and other baby products, like Gerber and Procter and Gamble (who make Pampers), do not seem to want to identify themselves with what seems to be an unstable woman. David Mortazavi, Gerber’s spokesman, said that if Gerber was going to send her anything, it would have done so already, and that “the octuplets’ birth was not on Gerber’s radar.” Tricia Higgins, Procter and Gamble’s spokeswoman, said that they don’t pursue parents to sponsor, but that anyone who has a multiple birth can request their free kit of a jumbo pack of diapers for each baby, which would only last about a week, baby wipes and coupons.
Publicist David Brokaw, a celebrity crisis mediator, states “I don’t see, the way this is shaped, how you can say much about it in terms of something favorable.” Brokaw thinks Suleman should “lie low for now and concentrate on crafting an image as a responsible parent.”
Mike Furtney of Killeen and Furtney said the public has sent him “fairly negative” comments, but that a few nurses had offered their services, and some local baby stores did offer some support. He said Suleman has received diapers from a major company.
Furtney thinks that once Suleman’s entire story is told, the public may change their mind about her. Suleman has been swamped with TV and media offers, including book deals, TV interviews, magazine articles, documentaries and a reality show, but the money is still an open question, and she hasn’t made any decisions yet. Killeen says “She’s the most sought after mom in the world right now. Everyone wants to talk to her.” She has been offered money for interviews. While the amounts weren’t revealed, Killeen says that “raising eight babies will be expensive,” and that Suleman intends to “carefully review her financial opportunities.” He says right now all she wants to do is be a mother.
Her spokespeople state that she wants to tell her “amazing” story to the world. The Whittier Daily News reported that Suleman denied the Sunday London Times story reporting that she requested $2 million, and to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey or Diane Sawyer. Spokespeople for the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America both stated that they don’t pay for interviews. People Magazine also denies any deal with Suleman. When questioned on this subject, “US Weekly” would not comment.