The Mother Of Octuplet's Does First Interview Today Following Discharge
"That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family, and -- I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I really lacked, I believe, growing up," Suleman said in an interview with NBC's Ann Curry on Thursday.
Suleman, who sat down with Curry on the same day she was discharged from the hospital, said she liked a sense of "self and identity" from a young age.
"I didn't feel as though, when I was a child, I had much control of my environment," she told Curry. "I felt powerless. And that gave me a sense of predictability. Reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn't functional. It was pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn't?"
Suleman's mother, Angela Suleman, had told Us that her daughter did blame her childhood on her desire to have so many kids.
"She was always upset I didn't have more," Angela told Us. But I don’t think she really knew. If she had brothers and sisters, I don’t think she would have been happier."
In the interview, Suleman -- who already had six children before giving birth to the octuplets -- used the same donor, a friend, for all 14 kids. All of the children were conceived through in vitro fertilization.
"I went through about seven years of trying -- through artificial insemination," Suleman said.
"And through medication. And all of which was unsuccessful. And then the first -- IVF procedure from that-- from that facility -- it was successful. And then I just kept going in."
This whole story is so disturbing and selfish to me. How is a single mother going to handle 14 children under the age of 8?
If she's 33 and her oldest kid is 7 or 8 and she went through 7 years of unsuccessful attempts to have kids...she started artificial insemination at 18 or 19? What sort of doctor let's an unemployed 18-yr-old do that??
What are your thoughts?
A first look at the exclusive interview will air on NBC's Today Friday.
Watch the full interview on Today this Monday and on Dateline Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST.