Octuplets’ mother who gave birth to octuplets in Southern California this week already has six young children and never expected that the fertility treatment she received would result in eight more babies. Doctors gave her the option of selectively reducing the number of embryos, but she declined – her mother, Angela Suleman tells reporters.

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The woman, who has not been publicly identified, had embryos implanted last year, and “they all happened to take,” Angela Suleman said, leading to the eight births Monday. “I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful.”

Hospital officials said the woman came to Kaiser already in her 12th week of pregnancy. They did not say where she received the fertility treatment.

Although the successful births at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower (California) have received worldwide attention, they also have prompted disapproval from some medical ethicists and fertility specialists, who argue that high-number multiple births endanger the mother and also frequently lead to long-term health and developmental problems for the children.

Under the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, U.S. doctors normally would not implant more than two embryos at a time in a woman under the age of 35. After that age it is more difficult to become pregnant. The mother of the octuplets is believed to be 33, based on available public records. – LA Times

Octuplet’s mother’s other children – ages 7, 6, 5, 3 and 2-year-old twins! Man, I don’t know how anyone is able to cope with that many little kids unless of course if you’re a loaded celebrity with tons of nannies!

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