The Whittier Daily News reports that Angela Suleman, mother of Nadya Suleman, the woman who gave birth to octopulets last week, told them that her daughter has been obsessed with having children since she was a teenager.” Suleman also stated that all of her daughter’s children were conceived through fertility treatments because her fallopian tubes are “plugged up.” Angela Suleman saw her daughter’s inability to conceive as a blessing in disguise when she was a teenager, but sought psychological help because of her obsession with having children. The doctor told her to throw her out. But Angela Suleman said she “felt responsible and didn’t want to throw her out.”
Reportedly, Nadya decided to use up the leftover frozen embryos created during her prior pregnancies and the octopulets were the result. Angela claims that eight embryos were not implanted, that some of them divided.
Angela Suleman said she was not supportive last year when her daughter had more embryos implanted. She told the Associated Press in a phone interview that, “It can’t go on any longer. 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.” While Angela Suleman is caring for the other six children, she told Nadya that when she gets home “I’m going to be gone.” (The Suleman’s reportedly have two other properties.) Angela Suleman says there are no more embryos left, and does not think her daughter will have any more children.
Yolanda Garcia helped take care of Nadya Suleman’s autistic son three years ago and spoke to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “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.” 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?’ And she said it’s because she got paid for it.” Garcia did not ask for details because she doubted the veracity of that statement. She says, however, now that she’s appalled. “We as taxpayers are going to pay for these children. To have eight kids when you already have six is putting those six older kids at risk because of the little ones,” Garcia added. “If you don’t have a husband, how are you going to financially, educationally, physically and – most importantly – emotionally going to provide for an additional eight kids?”
The Press-Telegram also reported that Nadya Suleman has a degree in child and adolescent development from California State University, Fullerton, and was pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, according to college spokeswoman Paula Selleck. The identity of her fertility doctor has not been released, but the mother told the LA Times that all the children were the product of the same sperm donor. While she declined to identify the donor, the Associated Press identified a David Solomon as the father of the four oldest children from birth certificate records.
Native Iraqis, the octoplets’ grandfather, a contractor, may return to Iraq to raise some cash. The grandparents have over a million dollars in assets, but liabilities of $981,371.