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Octuplets' mom says society is judging her unfairly

February 6, 2009 |  8:22 am

Suleman_2 The mother who gave birth to octuplets born last week in Bellflower said she knew she was taking a "risk" when she had embryos implanted, and she now feels society is judging her because she's single.

"I feel I'm under the microscope because I chose this unconventional life," Nadya Suleman told NBC's Ann Curry in an interview. She said she did what couples struggling to have kids do all the time. "[That is] not as controversial because they are couples [and] it's more acceptable."

Suleman has come under criticism because she already had six children  before carrying the octuplets. She told NBC she used the same fertility specialist for all the implants and that the doctor knew about all the other births.  She said she refused to selectively reduce the number of embryos and that the births of eight babies "turned out perfectly."

While she is not working now, she told NBC she will get a job once she finishes school.

"I am providing, myself, to my children," she said. "I love my children unconditionally."

--Shelby Grad

Earlier coverage:

--Octuplets' mother talked of depression

--Mother wanted 'huge family' and said family 'dysfunctional'

Photo: NBC News