Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom, made headlines in 2009 when she became pregnant with eight babies at the same time! She and her doctor became quite controversial and widely chastised, but many people expressed their support. Regardless, America was intrigued by her large family. Continue reading to learn more about Nadya Suleman, how she came to be known as Octomom, and what she and her numerous children are up to these days.
A Big Family
Since she didn’t have any siblings, Nadya Suleman’s greatest wish was to have a large family. However, she had no idea that her strong desire for a large and happy family would make her make difficult choices that would forever alter her life. Regardless, it was because of her unwavering determination to see her dream realized that the world witnessed a miracle.
Becoming A Mother
Nadya Suleman embarked on her journey to realize her dream of starting a family after graduating from high school. She may have wished to attend college like other young women her age, but becoming a mother remained her top priority. Nadya was a teenager at the time, and some say she was a bit naive! She had no idea what was in store for her in the future.
Nadya’s First Love
Nadya Suleman met her future husband, produce manager Marcos Gutierrez before she turned 21. She felt an instant connection with him, and that connection grew deeper and more meaningful over time. Nadya was open and honest with Gutierrez about her desire to become a mother. It wasn’t a problem at first because Gutierrez wanted children of his own, and he and Nadya were madly in love, but fate had other plans.
A Risky Occupation
Nadya Gutierrez married Marcos Gutierrez in 1996 and went on to Mt. San Antonio College to get her psychiatric therapy license. She also started working at Metropolitan State Hospital, a psychiatric institution. While her job was rewarding, it was also difficult and potentially dangerous for Nadya. Her primary goal was to start a family, but she also desired a fulfilling career. However, an unfortunate event at work turned her life into a roller-coaster ride.
Something terrible happened at Nadya’s workplace on September 18th, 1999, and she was caught in the middle. When a riot broke out among the patients, Nadya attempted to intervene. Unfortunately, when one of the patients flipped a desk over, it landed on Nadya’s back, resulting in a herniated disc injury. Workers’ compensation may have provided some relief (she received $170,000), and it certainly helped her for a while, but money was the last thing on Nadya’s mind.
A Goal Delayed
Nadya’s work-related injury caused her both emotional and physical distress. She was compensated, which helped her deal with some issues, but she was dealing with a bigger problem at the time. Despite her and her husband’s efforts, she was unable to achieve her lifelong goal. They had been trying to start a family for three years, but all of their attempts had failed to produce a baby.
Nadia and her husband sought professional advice to figure out what was wrong. They were desperate to have a child, so they followed the instructions they were given, but nothing seemed to work, and she was unable to conceive. Nadya became depressed after losing hope. The couple then discovered the harsh reality that Marcos Gutierrez was sterile, indicating that the natural route would never work for them and that other options should be considered.
Nadya was desperate to start a family, so she insisted on it. She and her husband, she believed, should try other methods since the traditional method had failed. On the other hand, Marcos was completely opposed to the idea, and the couple’s differences began to grow. Finally, Marcos threatened to leave Nadya if she suggested in vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves implanting a fertilized egg into a woman.
A Difficult Choice
Nadya had to choose between keeping Marcos and realizing her lifelong dream of having children. She could have stayed married and given up her biggest dream, but she chose to take a chance and pursue what she’d always wanted instead. As a result, Nadya divorced in 2000, even though it was a difficult time for her. Nadya then decided to undergo IVF treatment in order to start her own family, though things did not go as planned.
There’s No Such Thing as Free Lunch
Even though in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is not a difficult procedure, it is not always successful and comes at a high cost. Despite this, Nadya was not discouraged in the least by these factors, as she had grown tired of failure. In terms of the procedure, many doctors advise fertilizing multiple eggs so that the fertilization process has a better chance of success. This actually entailed another risk that Nadya would have to take, but would she choose to take it?
Prior to undergoing IVF treatment, Nadya had to consider one important factor: the possibility of becoming pregnant with multiple children if all of the implanted eggs survived. This puts the pregnancy in jeopardy, but she was determined to start a family, and her motto appears to be “the more, the merrier.” Some people believe that being pregnant with multiple children at the same time should have made Nadya nervous. However, no one could have predicted the outcome.
Welcome to This World, Elijah!
Carrying multiple babies in a single pregnancy isn’t always considered a risk, especially if the parents want twins or triplets. Nadya may not have hoped for twins or triplets, but the IVF treatment yielded incredible results. It went well, and Nadya gave birth to her first child, an adorable boy named Elijah, in 2001. Nadya finally realized her dream after a long struggle, but it was only the beginning for her.
Babies, Babies, And More Babies!
Nadya gave birth to her second child, a girl named Amerah, a year after Elijah was born. On the other hand, Nadya was unsatisfied with two babies, and her positive IVF experience only encouraged her to pursue more treatments. As a result, she went on to have fraternal twins and two more children, all through IVF, making her a mother of six! Even though having six children is uncommon in the United States and other countries, Nadya still desired to have more children after giving birth to her sixth child.
An Extreme Decision
What Nadya Suleman decided to do in 2008 shocked the world, and she became an instant celebrity. She returned to Dr. Michael Kamrava, the same doctor who had performed her previous IVF procedures because she was not satisfied with just six children. Nadya informed him that she wanted another IVF cycle with all six of her remaining eggs implanted. She made the decision to do so because she is pro-life and did not want her eggs to go to waste.
Dr. Kamrava was initially hesitant to agree to implant six eggs at once, fearing that the mother would be put in grave danger. He claims, however, that he implanted the six remaining eggs at Nadya’s request, which she did even though she knew she could be pregnant with multiple babies. Nonetheless, the fact that Dr. Kamrava implanted twelve eggs is the most intriguing aspect of the whole thing! Actually, that number is far higher than the recommended amount, and such a large risk was bound to have a significant impact.
Eight Babies on The Way
Dr. Kamrava and Nadya Suleman took a risky and unprecedented step. Although implanting so many embryos went against the standard medical practice, Nadya has no regrets. Many people would have been terrified, but she was ecstatic about it. Nadya became pregnant with eight babies at once after eight embryos were implanted, but the question was whether she was capable of carrying and giving birth to eight babies after already having six.
Mother Of Eight – Octomom!
Because the average woman only carries one or two babies to term, carrying eight to term puts Nadya’s body under a lot of strain. Soon after, the media picked up on her story, and Nadya and her children became celebrities. At this point, the moniker “Octomom” was coined. Although the news does not feature all California single moms, Octomom’s notoriety stemmed from the fact that her pregnancy was world-record-breaking.
It was soon time for Nadya Suleman to give birth to her children. Thankfully, all eight babies were delivered safely and were healthy, which was a huge relief for Nadya. Apart from the fact that it was incredible to witness, Nadya’s case is the first of its kind in history, and the world took notice. The octuplets born to Nadya are the first set of octuplets to be born alive and survive for more than seven days.
All Eyes On Her
At that point, Nadya was just happy to see and hold her babies, and she was looking forward to introducing them to their older siblings. On the other hand, the world was watching her, and they were skeptical that she would be able to handle the situation. Despite this, many people, particularly in the medical community, seemed astonished by her story and eager to learn more. Many doctors attempted to communicate with Nadya because not only was her pregnancy remarkable, but all eight of her octuplets survived.
Her Growing Fame
Nadya had already received a lot of media attention prior to the birth of her octuplets, with websites, news channels, and newspapers all reporting on her unusual pregnancy. People recognized her and knew her by her nickname, Octomom, even if they didn’t know her name. However, Nadya wanted to use the attention to support her large family financially, so she tried to control the story or reports about her. She hired people to manage her public relations after giving birth to her octuplets so that she could share her story and have some control over it, but this task proved to be extremely difficult.
A Pubic Persona
Even after she gave birth to her octuplets, Nadya received a lot of media attention, and her detractors accused her of wanting to be in the spotlight. They even claimed that this was the driving force behind her decision to have all of her children. Meanwhile, Nadya had to adjust to her public persona, but her celebrity became even more difficult to manage as time went on. In fact, Californians have attacked her, claiming that she is wasting taxpayers’ money and that she embodies practically everything that is wrong with modern American society!
Even though there were still those who supported Nadya, the media attention and exposure eventually became too much for her. Her original goal of taking control of the story seemed too far away, so she decided to take a risk and talk about her problems. She responded to the caricatures about her in an interview with People magazine. “I don’t get much sleep, about two or three hours a night. But I’m continuing to move forward with my life and trying to be the best mother I can be,” she commented, though her attitude towards the attention she received made people still skeptical about her.
A Grim Situation
Even though many in America adored the Suleman family, Nadya’s critics continued to share their skeptical remarks. They did not back down even though years had passed since she had given birth. Unfortunately, this began to impact her ability to raise the children, and there were even reports of her dire circumstances. Nadya may have been at a low point in her life because she still felt alone despite having 14 children. She accepted welfare because she was struggling to raise her 14 children, but she had no idea that she would face another challenge that even government assistance would not be able to overcome.
Problems At Home
During Nadya’s time in the spotlight, there were rumors that she mistreated her children. It’s easy to see how such rumors arose, given how difficult it is to be a single mother, let alone one with fourteen children. It will take a lot of effort to fully address the children’s needs. Child Protective Services investigated the matter to see if the rumors were true. Still, when they went to Nadya’s house to conduct the investigation, they found no signs of negligence and found the rumors to be false, even declaring her home to be suitable for children.
Forced to Move Out
Although Child Protective Services declared the Suleman home suitable for children, someone who could have a significant impact on Nadya’s life – her landlord – completely disagreed. He claimed that Nadya had broken the lease’s terms and that he had even informed the media about her situation before evicting her and her entire family. Nadya simply wanted to be the kind of mother who cared for her children, but they were on the verge of losing their home, forcing her to take desperate measures.
To Nadya’s disappointment, there was nothing she could do to persuade her landlord to change his mind. Nadya and her 14 children had no choice but to leave! She has always maintained that her true self was a mother who adored her children, but the pressing issue was that she lacked the financial means to provide them with a home. She tried everything to make money, including joining the film industry, starting a business, and even pursuing a music career, because she needed money.
Nadya could do nothing to persuade her landlord to change his mind, much to her disappointment. The time had come for Nadya and her 14 children to leave! She’s always maintained that her true self was a loving mother who couldn’t afford to put a roof over their heads because she didn’t have enough money. She tried everything to make money, including joining the film industry, starting a business, and even attempting a music career, because she needed money.
The Solomon Family
Nadya’s octuplets, now ten years old, are all doing well and eating a vegan diet that they seem to enjoy. Their mother, Nadya (now Natalie), has stated that her children are aware of her journey because she is forthright about it and believes that straightforward parenting is beneficial to her children. When she looks back, Nadya believes that everything has worked out well, including her strange relationship with the media. Furthermore, she believes that their current lifestyle contributes to a healthy household, and her Instagram followers are aware of this.
Her Guardian Angel
Nadya’s life is back on track now that she is in her 40s and has given up her questionable jobs. When asked what motivated her to make a change, she explained that her “guardian angel,” whom she met in February 2013, gave her the strength to stop living a “seedy” life and move on. She said that one day while she was working in the movie industry, a very tall guy talked to him, and she added, “He walked straight to me and looked straight into my eyes. He took my hand and grabbed my arm and said in a very gentle, but firm way: ‘You don’t have to do this.’ He repeated it several times.” Nadya had quite a trying moment, and she couldn’t stop her tears from flowing, but this was the start of a new life for her.
Nadya’s major life transformation began in 2013, and she readily admitted that having so many children without giving it much thought was “foolish, immature, and selfish.” What’s more, she confessed that while she did not consider the possible consequences of her choices back then, she also has no regrets. Nadya maintains her focus on raising her children with this confession, as they are her top priority. In addition, she has effectively put her love life on hold, claiming that her celibate life is sufficient for her at this time. Her social media pages essentially show her current life and what her family is up to, as well as some great lessons and values that she instills in her fourteen children.
A Humble Life
Raising fourteen children is no easy task, but Nadya appears to be succeeding admirably. She and her children currently rent a two-bedroom apartment, and their family survives on food stamps and paycheck to paycheck. According to the Daily Mail, Nadya says she’s now “at peace” after the challenges of raising so many children on her own, in part because her story continues to inspire and encourage women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Nadya doesn’t even like the name “Octomom” anymore, and she explained, “I didn’t want to live. I felt less than human as that character I was pretending to be, to survive and provide for my family.”
No Social Life
Nadya is a much happier mother of 14 now that she is enjoying life. She adores spending time with her octuplets, Nariya, Makai, Noah, Maliyah, Josiah, Isaiah, Jonah, and Jeremiah, as well as her other children, Elijah, 16 years old, Amerah, 16 years old, Joshua, 14 years old, Aiden, 12 years old, and 11-year-old twins Calyssa and Caleb. Nadya decided to relocate her family to Laguna, Orange County, for her children to have a more stable life. She explained to Daily Mail, “I was forced into doing things I didn’t want to do because I was so terrified I couldn’t support them and give them the life they deserved.”
A Normal Family
Nadya is a hands-on mother who has opted to forego her social life, and it has allowed her to form quite a close relationship with each of her kids. She said to the Daily Mail, “They fight, play, fight and play again like any normal family.” Her son Aiden has autism, which presents an additional challenge for her, but her children are unfazed and constantly look after their special brother. The Suleman children are aware that their home life is distinct from that of most Americans, but Nadya has made it a point to teach her children that being different isn’t bad.
Fun During Holidays
The Suleman family may not always have it easy, but they are happy, and Nadya ensures that her children learn good values such as being content with only one present at Christmas. She said to US Weekly, “I’m focusing on raising the kids to focus on serving other people, to get out of their own head.” She believes that doing so teaches her children to value all of the gifts they receive, large and small, and not to expect things to be given to them for free, implying that they must work hard to obtain what they desire. Aside from these factors, Nadya’s finances do not allow her to live a lavish lifestyle, so she opts to keep things simple at Christmas.
We can only imagine how difficult the first few days of school must have been for Nadya, a mother of fourteen children! The mother of three, 43, shared her anxiety on social media by posting a photo of her youngest children smiling before they went to school. Her caption was: “Any other parents exceptionally stressed and overwhelmed by the first week back to school?” Nadya joked that her older kids refused to have their picture taken even though their mom begged them.
We can only imagine how difficult the first few days of school must have been for Nadya, a mother of fourteen children! The mother of three, 43, shared her anxiety on social media by posting a photo of her youngest children smiling before they went to school. She said, “I would like to share about how I cope with inordinate stress, after being asked how I stay sane lol.” She explained, “The stress literally drips off of me, as I’m drenched in the end. Being physical has significantly helped me cope with so many challenges I’ve struggled with throughout my life.”
Nadya is a strict mother, but she’s also a lot of fun, and one of her favorite pastimes is having a spa night with her daughters. Nadya documents how much fun they have trying out different skin care products and face masks. Nadya makes a point of bonding with her daughters over a girls’ night and with her sons over a scary movie because she wants all of her children to receive the same amount of her time and love. Nadya prioritizes her children, and she isn’t afraid to tell the world about it.
Interview with Dr. Oz
Nadya was invited to tell her story on the Dr. Oz show in May 2018. She discussed what prompted her to undergo IVF treatment, how she came to have fourteen children, and her transformation from Nadya to “Octomom” to who she is now – a happy and healthy mother. In addition, she documented her journey, including the ups and downs and her desperation to provide for her family, whom she now refers to as the Solomon family, on social media. She also had the opportunity to discuss the YouTube channel she and her children recently launched.
The Genetic Game Of Luck
Have you ever wondered why you don’t have the same appearance as your siblings? The main reason is genetics: some children inherit a particular genetic trait, while others do not. If you have 14 children, as Nadya does, all of your genetic characteristics are likely to be expressed. Nadya adores all of her children and considers herself fortunate that they all have different genes and don’t look alike. Noah and Nariyah are a good example because they are both Octuplets but don’t look anything alike.
The vegan octuplets enjoy eating raw vegetables, living a healthy lifestyle, and participating in marathons together. The kids are seen here after completing the 5-kilometer Russ Miller Memorial race in February 2018. They actually do more than run races because they also help raise money for various charities. The kids enjoy participating in activities and attending events that benefit others, owing to Nadya’s early instilling of the importance of helping others in her children.
The octuplets live an active and healthy lifestyle, and they put a lot of effort into their school projects. These are the posters that the children created after being asked to create a poster of their own heroes. Nadya doesn’t like bragging about her children’s accomplishments, but her fans want to know what they’re up to, so she posts these photos. She does this to keep her fans up to date and to show that anyone can raise 14 children if they are committed.
Nadya believes that all of her hard work for her children is well worth it because of the love she receives from her family, especially on special occasions like Mother’s Day. She photographed the handcrafted gifts and cards, as well as the handwritten dedications that her children gave her on that special day. When it comes to written work, Nadya has been inspired to begin writing a book about her experiences raising Aiden, her autistic child, and her other 13 children. She hopes to get her book published, and she told the Daily Mail, “It’s a story that needs to be told and I think it will encourage a lot of women to draw up strength they didn’t know they had.”
Nadya only has four daughters, so despite their age difference, they have a very close relationship. Amerah (16) was photographed with her sisters Calyssa (11), Nariyah, and Maliah (9) at her 16th birthday celebration. It’s obvious that this was a picture-perfect moment, and the Suleman ladies similarities are striking. On a weekly basis, Nadya tries to spend time with her boys and girls separately, though she prefers spending time with all of her children together, which isn’t always possible.
Family Fun Night
Because Nadya emphasizes the importance of family traditions, the Sulemans take their weekly family night, which she and her children started, very seriously. Every week on Saturday night, they spend time together doing various activities, referred to as “Family Fun Night.” They watch documentaries or horror films on occasion, discuss educational topics on other occasions, and occasionally just play board games. Their favorite pastimes, however, are watching The Shining and playing chess. Her adolescent children despise this family tradition and would rather hang out with their friends, but her younger children, the ten, enjoy their Family Fun Night, so the tradition continues.
The children of Nadya are aware that they are not a typical family, but they accept their differences and enjoy participating in school activities together. The kids have a lot of talent, and Nadya is a proud mother! After they finished acting in a school play, this photo was taken. Don’t they all appear to be lovely and valuable?
Nadya posted this photo to her Instagram account with the caption, “Could we be any more vegan?” Her six older children are not vegan, but her eight younger children enjoy eating raw greens, so they keep golden or red beets, organic kale, bell peppers, and chard on hand, and they frequently drink health shakes in addition to eating home-cooked meals with quinoa and sprouted lentils. They eat a fairly consistent diet, and their desserts, such as the green apple with raw almond butter that they usually have, are vegan. Adopting a vegan lifestyle was not difficult for Nadya because she grew up as an ethical vegetarian, and it helped her recover from the various physical conditions caused by multiple pregnancies and deliveries.
It’s not easy to get Nadya and her 14 children to pose for a family photo, so any time the family is all in one place is a great opportunity to capture them smiling and laughing. Nadya captioned this photo on Instagram, saying: “So THIS is what happened when we attempted to take a fun family photo with as many family members as possible. Per usual, Elijah, Amerah, and JJ are absent from the pic.” Nadya can now easily share special moments like these thanks to social media. Her most interesting posts, in fact, are those in which we can get a glimpse of her life as a single mother raising 14 children on her own.
Because Nadya is not a full-time counselor, she decided to start her own YouTube channel to reach out to more people and inspire them. The first video she shared was a six-minute clip of her daughter Amerah reading a letter she wrote for her mother for Mother’s Day, followed by Nadya’s other children giving her gifts. The video was shot at a Long Beach, California women’s event. Nadya has been through a lot, which inspired her to start her own YouTube channel and tell her story. Her kids also help her manage the channel and post videos of vegan food challenges, grocery shopping, fun activities, and other creative ideas that they come up with.
Nadya encourages her children to stay involved and make a difference even on special occasions like Thanksgiving, so ten of her children participated in the Turkey Trot, a 5-kilometer family run. Their team spirit is evident in their matching t-shirts. On Thanksgiving, Nadya has a lot to be thankful for, including her children Noah, Josiah, Isaiah, and Maliyah winning the race. They were given pumpkin pies as a prize, and we’re guessing they ate those instead of turkey for Thanksgiving because most of Nadya’s kids are vegan.