Nadya Suleman, mother of octuplets and 6 older children now has a Web site up and running for donations. Currently unemployed but contemplating a master's degree in counseling, she lives with her parents and collects $490 in food stamps.
In interviews with Anne Curry on the TODAY show Monday and Tuesday she continued to defend her choice to bring eight more children into the world as a single parent of six children - three of which have special needs. She said on the show that she has a son who has autism, another child with ADHD and a third who is developmentally delayed in learning to speak.
"I personally do not believe I'm irresponsible," the 33-year old told Curry on the show. "Everything I do revolves around my children."
Suleman said she was married at age 21 and had an ectopic pregnancy that was terminated. She learned at that time she had various problems that would prevent any other pregnancies - except through in vitro fertilization. Each of her six older children was conceived through the fertility treatments.
Last year she went back to the clinic and her doctor, Dr. Michael M. Kamrava of the West Coast IVF Clinic in Beverly Hills, where six embryos were implanted. Two resulted in twins, making eight total infants born Jan. 26.
NBC's chief medical editor has said the bill for delivery and care could run $1.5 to $3 million. The Los Angeles Times reported that Kaiser Permanente has already asked Medi-Cal to pay the bill.
Suleman admitted on Dateline Tuesday night that she is also about $50,000 in debt. When Curry asked how it wasn't selfish to bring children into the world she can't afford Suleman replied, "Because I know I'll be able to afford them when I'm done with my schooling."
Curry also spoke with one of the older children, Suleman's 6-year-old, Amerah, if she thought eight more siblings sounded like fun.
"No," Amerah said.
When asked why not, she replied, "Cause there's gonna be a lot of crying."
Curry then asked if she thought her mom would be OK with all the kids all the time and Ameriah replied, "She's gonna be stressed out all the time."
See the original blog entry about the ongoing Octuplets Mom talks here.