Did ‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman Want to Have 8 Children at Once?

There have been plenty of wild media personalities present since the early 2000s, and one of the most polarizing was Nadya Suleman. Better known as “Octomom,” this mother was known for giving birth to octuplets back in 2009, which stands as a seriously rare occurrence. And while the healthy births of all eight kids was a true medical phenomenon, it didn’t stop there. Suleman took over the media in full force with her bizarre behavior, appearances in the adult film industry, and difficulties taking care of the 14 children she had in total.

Now, Suleman has had years to correct her behavior, and she’s mentioned some serious regrets she has regarding how she portrayed herself nationally. But many are still wondering whether she planned to have the octuplets or not. Here’s what we know years later.

Before the octuplets, Suleman had six other kids

We may all know Suleman for having octuplets, but before she was pregnant with eight kids, she had six other children. USA Today notes she had her first six kids through in vitro fertilization, though it appears she couldn’t care for them very well at the time, either. Back in 2009, the Los Angeles Times noted she had zero job or income, and she also owed $50,000 in student loans. Additionally, she was allegedly receiving nearly $500 in food stamps per month and federal security income because three out of her first six kids had disabilities.

As far as what Suleman did for a job before she was reportedly jobless, USA Today notes she worked at a state mental hospital in 1999. Unfortunately, she injured her back during an inmate riot and, as a result, collected over $165,000 for disability. She allegedly used this money to help fund her first IVF treatments for her six children.

She deliberately chose to have eight kids at once

As for whether Suleman wanted to have octuplets, it turns out she did. Ranker notes she had 12 fertilized embryos implanted fully knowing that this could have resulted in actually having 12 more children. Of course, we know now that, as a result, she had eight kids. The physician who performed the procedure, Dr. Michael Kamrava, faced serious backlash and also had his license revoked for agreeing to insert 12 embryos, USA Today notes. In his defense, he said Suleman was very insistent and he was trying to do his best for her.

The Guardian notes Suleman’s mother did not agree with this decision, however. Angela Suleman, Nadya’s mother, said to the Associated Press while her daughter was pregnant, “It can’t go on any longer. She’s got six children and no husband. … She doesn’t have any more (frozen embryos), so it’s over now. It has to be.” Not only that, but Angela was also put to the task of taking care of her daughter’s first six kids during the recovery of having eight babies.

Does she have any regrets now?

It’s been years since Suleman has been in the spotlight, and more recently, she’s spoken to ABC News about how she had to change her life around completely following the birth of the octuplets who are now around 10 years old today. “I want to apologize to anyone I hurt. You know, I wasn’t me,” she said in the interview. “I’m sorry for anyone I hurt out there, and I’m sorry to my children that I hurt. … Some of the things that I have done … of course that I’m ashamed of in the past … was just to put food on the table and just to take care of my family,” Suleman continued.

Today, she still lives off of some government assistance money, but she also works part time to help provide for her family. The children are all happy and healthy, too. And her goals for the future include becoming “a better person today than I was yesterday and be a better person tomorrow than I was today.”

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