Octuplets' Grandma: Enough Babies Already!

Octuplets' Grandma: Enough Babies Already!
The octuplets' labor and delivery team
AP

02/02/2009 01:30PM

Mom may know best, but Nadya Suleman – the California woman who gave birth to eight children Jan. 26 – evidently isn't listening to her own.

Nadya's mother, Angela Suleman, tells the Associated Press that her daughter, 33, is a divorced single parent who already has six other children at home – all conceived by in-vitro fertilization using the same sperm donor. "It can't go on any longer," says Angela.

The babies, born in Bellfower, Calif., near Los Angeles, and new mom are all still in the hospital.

Meanwhile, grandma said she is at the home they share in Whittier, taking care of Nadya's six other children, ages 2 to 7. And she has a message for her daughter: When you get home, it's bye-bye, baby. "I'm going to be gone," says Angela.

Angela Suleman explains that her daughter always wanted children, but had trouble conceiving because of a blocked fallopian tube; hence, the in-vitro – which Angela calls "not the normal way."

Leftover Embryos

She says Nadya had eight leftover frozen embryos from a previous in-vitro session and had them all implanted because she didn't want them destroyed. Later, when given the option to abort some of the resulting fetuses, she refused, according to Angela's account.

Nadya Suleman's "obsession" with children, says her mother, caused Angela to seek help from a therapist, who told her to ask her daughter to leave the house. But Angela backed down. "I didn't want to throw her out," she says.

Now, grandma says the baby boom stops here. "She doesn't have any more [frozen embryos], so it's over now," she said. "It has to be."

Nadya, meanwhile, has a degree in child and adolescent development from California State University, Fullerton, and had been studying for a master's degree in counseling, a college spokesperson told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

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