"Struggling" octuplets mom looks to God for help

Mon Feb 9, 2009 6:57pm EST
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California mother of newborn octuplets said on Monday she was counting on God to help provide for her family but acknowledged that she already was "struggling" financially to raise her first six children.

Nadya Suleman, 33, widely criticized for undergoing fertility treatments when she already had six children, expressed confidence in her ability to care for her brood during a nationally televised interview on NBC's "Today" show.

In addition to the six boys and two girls she gave birth to on January 26, Suleman is the mother of four older boys and two girls, including one set of twins, ranging in age from 2 to 7.

Divorced and living with her mother in suburban Los Angeles, she said all 14 were conceived with in vitro fertilization from a single sperm donor, identified only as a friend.

"I will feed them. I will do the best I possibly can," Suleman said of her newly expanded family. "And in my own way, in my own faith, I do believe wholeheartedly that God will provide in his own way."

Suleman said she also was hoping for help from "volunteers, friends and family," adding that her mother, Angela, deserves much of the credit. "I was struggling, but it was OK ... thanks to my mother," she said.

But Angela Suleman was far less sanguine in a separate interview she gave to the Web site RadarOnline.com, calling her daughter continued childbearing "unconscionable."

"How she's going to cope, I don't know," the grandmother said. "Now I'm struggling to look after her six. We had to put in bunk beds, feed them in shifts, and there's children's clothing piled all over the house."   Continued...

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