Octuplet Family to Star in Reality Show

The Sulemans will be British stars! The so-called “Octomom” signed contracts for herself and all of her 14 children, who will make $250 (or £150) per day starting September 1.

Paperwork was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court showing an agreement between the family and European media company Eyeworks. Over the course of 3 years, the children will collectively make about $250K.

As we all remember, Suleman stirred controversy after giving birth to octuplets conceived through IVF. Many made an issue over how the 33-year-old single mother might finance the kids’ upbringing.

This absurdity show comes on the heels of the very public breakup of Jon + Kate. So who is ready to say: perhaps we should stop parading children on TV simply to make a buck? [Read more...]

Nadya Suleman's Birth of Octuplets Highlights Lack of Fertility Clinic Regulation

The news about octuplet mom Nadya Suleman raises serious concerns about medical ethics, profit motive, regulation, and oversight in the fertility industry. According to the CDC, 80 percent of U.S. fertility clinics don’t follow the embryo implant guidelines established in 1999 by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and it turns out that the entire industry is self regulated.

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“Assisted reproduction is a multibillion-dollar business. Like other commercial enterprises, it needs rules.” – Marcy Darnovsky, of the Center for Genetics and Society in Oakland.

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Photos of Octuplet Mother Nadya Suleman Pregnant

With my first born, I gained 55 pounds. She was born weighing 9.5 pounds, and I felt absolutely huge during my third trimester.  My gigantic belly is nothing compared to the womb of the mother of the California octuplets Nadya Suleman.  I just wonder what this does to the poor mother’s body…loss of calcium, stretch marks, anemia, etc.  No matter what you think about the octuplets and their carbon footprint, I find these images of the mother incredible. (Image after the jump) [Read more...]

Donating Breastmilk

Breastfeeding can be a hardcore subject.  If you nurse your baby, for how long? If you don’t, why not? If you do breastfeed, are you allowed to do it in public?

But one thing that most breastfeeders don’t think of is this: Would you donate your breastmilk?

Breastmilk donation came in my mind again when I wrote the blog about Salma Hayek breastfeeding an infant in Sierra Leone while on a vaccination (tetanus) campaign. And when I read about Nadya Suleman breastfeeding her octuplets, I wondered: If we’re not naturally meant to give birth to this many babies, will she be able to keep her supply up? Or will she have to turn to milk donations?

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