Mother of octuplets says public backlash to her is caused by recession
“One of the primary reasons is the economy right now,” Suleman told Dr. Phil McGraw during an interview at a Whittier home. Many people fear, she said, that “that person is going to be a burden on society, a burden on [the] taxpayer, whether or not that’s true, it just looks as though that would be the case.”
“I don’t think that’s it,” McGraw said, adding that he believes people are angry because they think Suleman behaved selfishly by choosing to have octuplets when she already had six children, was a single mom and had no job.
Also during the interview, Suleman said she has been making plans to bring the babies home, meeting with social workers and looking to rent a new home that can accommodate all the babies and her six other children.
Suleman said three of the infants will be coming home soon. Kaiser officials could not comment.
She acknowledged that her situation does not yet seem real, in part because the children are still hospitalized and being cared for by a team of neonatal nurses.
The mother of the octuplets also said she had not tried to have eight children -- and said if she had known that she was going to wind up with octuplets when she ha six embryos transferred, she might have made a different choice.
“I would just keep paying the storage fee until the day I died,” she said.
She said she resents all the attention -- the paparazzi outside her house, the public’s obsessive interest in her and the label octomom. “I’m not a celebrity. I’m no one special.”
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