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Mother of octuplets won't accept group's child-care help

March 23, 2009 |  3:31 pm

Suleman Octuplet mother Nadya Suleman plans to stop using the nursing care and baby-sitting services of Angels in Waiting, the nonprofit that had offered to provide care for her newborns and her six other children. Instead, Suleman told Radar Online, she plans to hire her own baby sitters.

Angels in Waiting, a nonprofit founded by a pediatric nurse, had offered to help Suleman care for her babies. But it turned out the nonprofit did not have the funds to do that on its own but would have had to raise them. Suleman initially rejected the offer, then, after an intervention from television host Dr. Phil McGraw, accepted it for the first few days that some of her children were home.

Now, with four of her octuplets at her new La Habra home, she is apparently poised to make a new child-care arrangement. Gloria Allred, the attorney for Angels in Waiting, declined to comment. Radar Online also said that members of Angels in Waiting were scheduled to tape an episode of "Dr. Phil" tomorrow, and that Suleman was concerned the organization would criticize her. The website said she hopes to appear on "Dr. Phil" in person to tell her side of the story.

--Jessica Garrison

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