Woman Has Octuplets After Having 6 Children: Uses In Vitro Fertilization

Paragraph 5 reads:  "Suleman also was on disability, according to reports, because of a bad back, which was complicated by pregnancy. In addition, she suffered from depression and had been prescribed anti-depressants. Having more children when she had several health risks and coping problems does not appear responsible. Someone else easily could have ended up having to care for her children."

SSRI Stories note:  This woman appears to have suffered from hypomania due to her antidepressant use.  She had the classic symptoms of hypomania:  poor judgement,  excessive risk taking,  impulsivity,  tendency to overestimate  capabilities,  failure to see the obvious risks involved in ventures,  the desire to take on too many responsibilities, etc. The person who is hypomanic can still function and is not considered "sick" by his/her relatives, friends and acquaintances.

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Mother deserves criticism

Nadya Suleman, who recently gave birth to octuplets, has opened herself to a great deal of criticism.

Motherhood is a responsibility that should be honored and taken seriously. But Suleman obviously is a woman obsessed with having children without consideration for their long-term care.

First, Suleman put herself at great risk to have more children when she already had six.

Her 14 children were all implanted into her womb. The last in vitro fertilization, six embryos, apparently exceeded the number that is safe to implant for a woman her age. The California Medical Board is reviewing the process, and it should discipline the doctor who implanted the embryos if that’s the case.

Suleman also was on disability, according to reports, because of a bad back, which was complicated by pregnancy. In addition, she suffered from depression and had been prescribed anti-depressants. Having more children when she had several health risks and coping problems does not appear responsible. Someone else easily could have ended up having to care for her children.

And actually, that’s already happening. Suleman’s mother is complaining publicly because she is caring for the six while Suleman recovers and prepares for bringing home the eight newborns.

We are not trying to set a limit on the number of children a woman can have, but it appears Suleman had children without considering how much assistance she would need to care for them. Some mothers need help because of circumstances beyond their control. Suleman had control, but didn’t consider the consequences.