In her first interview since giving birth to octuplets January 26, Nadya Suleman tells NBC’s Ann Curry on the “Today” show that she had six embryos implanted during a fertility procedure. “I wanted them all transferred,” she explained. “Those are my children, that’s what was available and I used them. So, I took a risk. It’s a gamble.”
Suleman, who reportedly already had six children through similar fertility treatments, has been criticized for the risky procedure of implanting so many embryos at one time. According to the Associated Press, U.S. fertility industry guidelines recommend that no more than two embryos be implanted during an in vitro fertilization procedure for women under 35 years of age.
In the interview, the single mother of 14 says she struggled for seven years to have kids and tells Curry that all she ever wanted in life was to be a mother and to have a “huge family” of her own: “That was a dream of mine … all I wanted was children.”
Suleman’s own mother was quoted in an interview with AP as saying her daughter was “obsessed” with children and that something needed to be done about the situation.
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