Octomom Admits In-Vitro Fertilization Was a Mistake

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 9, 2012   |   1:41PM   |   Washington, DC

Nadya Suleman, who achieved international notoriety as the Octomom and the mother of eight children via in-vitro fertilization, now admits undergoing the IVF fertility treatment process was a mistake. She says she wasn’t in the right frame of mind to make such a decision, according to a New York Daily News report.

Nadya Suleman will do anything for her octuplets, but now she admits it was a mistake to have them.

The mother of 14, who recently posed nude to earn rent money for her family, has revealed she thinks it was a bad decision to undergo fertility treatments after already having six babies.

“Was it a mistake to go back and have IVF after having six children already?” NBC News Dateline correspondent Tamron Hall asked in an interview that aired Friday night.

“Yes,” Suleman said. “Absolutely. Was I in my lucid state of mind? I don’t know at that point. I could rationalize myself away and I’m good at rationalizing.”

Suleman once claimed she would never go on welfare with her children after giving birth to the octuplets in 2009 admitted in the interview that she now receives $2,000 monthly in food stamps and government assistance. She is facing foreclosure on her home and posed nude recently in a British magazine to be able to get money to help pay rent.

“I’m working as hard as I possibly can to support them,” she told “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer on Thursday, describing projects she has in the works to earn more money, including TV and film projects.

Suleman’s realization follows the 2010 admission from Dr. Michael Kamrava, who implanted the Octomom with 12 embryos, that he regrets implanting so many unique unborn human beings.

“I’m sorry for what happened. When I look back at it, I wish I had never done it and it will never happen again,” he said.



Most pro-life advocates are concerned about IVF and the ways in which unborn children become victims of abortions in multiple pregnancies, but LifeNews blogger Rebecca Taylor says that doesn’t mean they are unsympathetic to infertile couples.

The Catholic Church is often portrayed as unsympathetic to infertile couples.  Because the Church finds IVF wrong, others mistakenly believe that the Church has no compassion for the pain and heartbreak of infertility.  That is simply untrue.  In fact, recently the Pope called for more research into the causes of infertility so that life could be created where it is supposed to be created, in a mother’s womb and not in a lab.

The Church wants the best not just for the children, but for the infertile couples as well.  The reality of IVF is that more embryos are made than can be transferred into the mother at one time.  The “left-overs” are frozen waiting for a time they can finish their lives.  The Church realizes that life happens and sometimes couples cannot (or will not) gestate their frozen offspring.  This leaves some in a different kind of heartbreaking situation: what to do with their children on ice?