I first heard about this on Jezebel.com. Now the news about a woman from a L.A. suburb who gave birth to eight babies has become national and international news.
At first I thought, wow good luck with that. It’s her choice why are people judging her? Then some details (mostly from the grandmother) came to light.
She’s only the second woman to give birth to octuplets in the United States. This is a very rare thing.
The 33 year-old already had six older children. The oldest is seven and one child has special needs. She is single. The sperm came from a neighbor who is angry that she continued to use his sperm after he asked her to stop. He was getting married.
She loves babies. Is it a coincidence she went back to IVF after her youngest were no longer newborns? Hmmmm
Who is the doctor that transferred more than two embryos into a woman with six kids? How did she afford the IVF, which is very expensive?
She lives at home with her patents not because of an extended family situation but because she has no job. The family is broke. The grandfather who is Palestinian had to return to Iraq to work as a translator to bring some money in. I’m sure that is the last place he wants to be. He is the sole breadwinner for 14 children.
One of the eight babies is less than 2 pounds, the others avg. 5 pounds. How is she going to take care of 14 children?
This is different from the Duggar family who have 17 kids (without IVF or fertility drugs). The kids are spaced out and the older kids help with the babies. They are not on welfare and have a big enough home for their family.
I think this woman has some kind of mental problem. If one loves babies so much go volunteer at a hospital working with AIDS babies, become a nanny or a foster parent. I don’t know the medical term for her condition is but what is she going to do when the kids are older? Ignore them?
The grandmother said all the embryos are gone. She also said she wished her daughter had become a kindergarten teacher instead of having so many kids.
Of course there is a lot of controversy. Some say if you are truly pro-choice you can’t say anything about this woman’s choice. Others say since it might cost over 2 million dollars to take care of her kids who will have major development and/or mental issues, as tax payers people can complain about her selfishness.
Something doesn’t smell right with this. What was the doctor smoking? Multiple births are extremely dangerous for the mother and the children.
This debate is not going any way anytime soon. It’s recommended that doctors transfer no more than two embryos for women under 35.
What do you think?