Octuplets were product of six embryos, mother says

Fri Feb 6, 2009 2:59pm EST
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By Walker Simon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The California mother of octuplets said in an interview broadcast on Friday that her eight newborns were the product of six implanted embryos, the same procedure used to conceive her six earlier children.

In the NBC television interview, Nadya Suleman, 33, also defended her decision as a single mother to lead an "unconventional life" and to take responsibility for parenting so many children.

Suleman said she used the same in vitro fertilization specialist for all of her pregnancies. Each time she was implanted with six embryos.

Single and living with her mother in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, Suleman ended up as the parent of 10 boys and four girls after delivering octuplets on January 26.

Her first six children are said by local media to range in age from 2 to 7.

Asked if she was irresponsible and selfish for again undergoing a fertility treatment that could produce multiple births, Suleman said: "A lot of couples .. undergo this procedure; It's not as controversial because they're couples, so it's more acceptable to society."

"I feel as though I've been under the microscope because I've chosen this unconventional kind of life," she added. "I didn't intend on it being unconventional; it just turned out to be; all I wanted was children; I wanted to be a mom; that's all I ever wanted in my life."

NBC has been releasing excerpts since Thursday of its Suleman interview, conducted by Ann Curry hours after the mother was released from the hospital, and it plans to air more of the interview in coming days.   Continued...

<p>Nadya Suleman (L) is shown being interviewed by NBC correspondent Ann Curry. REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Handout</p>