Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009


When you're an unemployed single mother of six living on food stamps, what do you do? Choose to have eight more children, of course! Despite her financial struggles, Nadya Suleman requested that all six embryos left over from a previous in vitro fertilization be implanted in her at the same time. Two of those embryos split into twins, and on Jan. 26, Suleman gave birth to octuplets (the second full set of octuplets to be born alive in the U.S.). Soon afterward, the nickname Octomom was born, and the backlash against Suleman was swift: knowing the health risks multiples face, who would set so many children up for pain and heartache? Did she do it all in the hopes of getting a reality show? Speculation that Suleman had gotten plastic surgery in order to look more like Angelina Jolie contributed to the anti-Octomom frenzy. Even her publicists received death threats. Recently — surprise! — cameras trailed Suleman and her 14 children for a British documentary.