The 33 year old woman who gave birth to octuplets in California is being hidden from the public, but her parents last name is Suleman. There have been video reports with comments by both parents acknowledging their daughter already has 6 children, the oldest 8 years old; they state she has no husband and it is very unclear who fathered all of these 14 children.
The octuplet mother reportedly was a “psychiatric technician”-I am not sure what that means, and had filed for bankruptcy last year. How she was able to afford invitro fertilization is a mystery. I assume that Kaiser Permanente would never approve and pay for IVF for a woman with 6 children.
My burning question: Is this woman a Muslim trying to “bear fruit and multiply?” She certainly has accomplished that with taxpayers footing the bill to the tune of tens of millions of dollars over the lifetime of her 14 children.
In my opinion, the doctor who implanted 8 embryos should at the least be stripped of his medical license and answer to the California Medical Board. This one multiple birth just puts another preventable strain on the medical resources in California.
ABC News report here has more information, saying the woman’s last name was Doud, but had it legally changed to Suleman; she previously was married to a man named Gutierrez whom she divorced with “no children.” This woman’s story just gets more and more bizarre. The cost of delivering and caring for these 8 premature babies is WAY underestimated in this article.
ADDED THOUGHT: A “round” of IVF costs around $15,000 or so. A woman may have to go through several implantations to finally have an embryo implant properly and maintain a pregnancy to term. The more embryos the doctor implants, the higher the chance of a pregnancy, but of course one also risks multiple implantations at once. Perhaps this woman could only “afford ” one round of implantation and the fertility doctor used 8 embryos to improve her chance of pregancy. Did this woman really have 8 frozen embryos in waiting or did she use a “super-ovulatory” drug like clomiphene to stimulate 8 eggs simultaneously to maturation in her ovaries?