Believe it or not, it’s been eight years since the infamous Natalie Suleman – or “Octomom”, as she is better known – gave birth to a whopping eight babies.
The event was monumental for a number of reasons, namely due to the fact that it marked the first time in history that a full set of octuplets had survived past infancy.
If you’re a tabloid junkie, then you likely know all about what happened next to the Suleman family. The single mom, known as “Nadya” at the time, became an immediate international pariah and an example of the potential ethical pitfalls associated with in vitro fertilization.
On top of that, her unusual family—which had grown to an astounding 14 children! —was also called on the carpet for its financial dealings. As it turns out, Suleman was getting government assistance to support her family, a controversial factor that started a public debate, resulting in death threats for both the single mom as well as her children. Yikes!
How the family is doing today
These days, things seem to be looking up for Suleman and her brood. After a stint in the adult entertainment industry, the mother shifted gears and returned to her previous career in family therapy counseling.
When it comes to her youngest children—Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Makai, Josiah, and Jeremiah—Suleman reports that they are all healthy and happy. She has her youngest eight on vegetarian diets, and they all lead active lifestyles.
Every morning, the single mom takes her children to a whopping four separate schools due to their varying ages and special needs. And you thought your morning routine was rough!
The science and scandal behind the conception of these amazing octuplets
As mentioned above, Suleman became pregnant with her octuplets via in vitro fertilization. Her fertility specialist, the now notorious Dr. Michael Kamrava, had been treating Suleman since 1997. In fact, he was the doctor who oversaw the pregnancies of the mom’s previous six children, as well.
At the time of her final IVF procedure, Suleman had a reported 43 embryos frozen at Dr. Kamrava’s facility. In 2007, she went back to her doctor so that she could get pregnant again, but instead of implanting her with the recommended 2 or 3, he used 12, something he argued was Suleman’s “choice.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, after an in-depth investigation by the California Medical Board, it was determined that Dr. Kamrava had committed “repeated negligent acts, for an excessive number of embryo transfers.” Because of this, the board decided to revoke his medical license in 2011.
Although Suleman has a bit of a sordid history, it really seems as though her beautiful kids are doing great. To see more pictures of this one-of-a-kind family, watch Inside Edition’s video below. We don’t know how she does it!
Now that you know how Natalie Suleman’s doing today, we’d like to hear from you. What are your opinions on this unusual family? Do you think she was justified in carrying eight children? What do you think her next move should be?