As soon as I heard about the woman in California who had octuplets last week, I smelt something a little odd. As soon as it was revealed she already had six kids and conceived the octuplets (and her other six children) via fertility treatment? Well, it wasn't long before media reports started mentioning the fact there were ethical concerns around why a woman with 6 children would be having fertility treatment.
Now, the whole messy weird story is starting to come out and you can only worry for the mental health of all involved. I've posted all the details after the jump from an interview given by the octuplets grandmother. She says her daughter (who lives at home with her parents) has conceived all her kids via IVF because "her fallopian tubes are all blocked up" and that she's wanted babies since she was a teenager. She also says her daughter isn't married, has no partner and, basically, must be stopped from reproducing any more. Two words come to mind: 'horse' and 'bolted'.
The grandmother, who is looking after the woman's 6 OTHER CHILDREN (ages 7, 6, 5, 3 and 2-year-old twins) has helpfully said she's bailing as soon as her daughter comes home. So there's that to look forward to for a mother who, after carrying 8 babies to 31 weeks gestation, one can only assume will be pushing her stomach home in a wheelbarrow.
This story (14 children under 7, dear lord above…..) certainly raises the issue of whether someone can be unhealthily addicted or obsessed with having babies. Some say that about Angelina. It's also been said about Mia Farrow. There was an Australian woman who had IVF to conceive quads and just a year or so later, had IVF to conceive another set of quads (one of which sadly died in utero). I know that hormones can make you a little crazy. I love being pregnant and I love having babies but I do hope someone would stop me as I hurtled towards double figures and showed no signs of slowing down…….