In 2009, Octomum was the world's most infamous mother. This is what her life looks like now.

In 2009, Nadya Suleman was the most famous mum in the world.

After having six children via in vitro fertilisation (IVF), Suleman visited her doctor in the hopes of having just one more baby.

But Suleman’s doctor had other ideas.

Claiming that most of her embryos would fail to survive, Suleman’s doctor encouraged her to implant her 12 remaining embryos.

In the end, she went through with the procedure and unbelievably, eight embryos survived.

As her pregnancy successfully progressed, Suleman soon became famously known as ‘Octomum’ and in January 2009, she gave birth to eight children including six boys and two girls.

At the time of the octuplets birth, there was outrage worldwide.

Octomum was single, jobless and she was living with her mother rent free. At one point, the backlash became so bad that there were calls for the octuplets to be placed into care.

But four years later in 2012, the backlash intensified even more.

Struggling to make ends meet with 14 children to support, Suleman turned to jobs including porn, stripping and nude photo shoots.

Where is Octomum now?

Now, 10 years on from the birth of the octuplets, Suleman, who now goes by the name Natalie, acknowledges the mistakes she made along the way.

“I think I was young, dumb, irresponsible, reckless,” Suleman told Sunday Night reporter Angela Cox.


In recent years, Suleman hasn’t been afraid to open up about her tumultuous years in the spotlight.

“Some of the things that I have done – of course that I’m ashamed of in the past – was just to put food on the table and just to take care of my family,” Suleman admitted in a previous interview.

“My kids get embarrassed because their friends sometimes will say ‘My mum said your mum’s a stripper,'” she added.


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Suleman admitted that she decided to turn her life around when a stranger approached her at a strip club she was working at.

“I was in a strip club in Florida in February 2013, and this very tall man, this stranger came in,” she told New Idea.

“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 five times,” she added.

“I knew I had to be my healthy self again. I didn’t want my kids not to have a mum.”

Today, Suleman is back in the workforce and working as a counselor.

“I went back to my life as a counselor. I went back and my kids had a healthy, happy life,” she explained on The Doctors in 2016.


Although the years have passed since the birth of the octuplets, the physical and mental effects of their birth and the resulting backlash is still prominent.

“I have PTSD from all the reporters coming in over the years,” she told The New York Times.

“My back is broken because of the last pregnancy,” she added.

“Four out of the five discs in my lumbar spine are ruptured, herniated fully.And I have irreparable sacral damage. And I have peripheral neuropathy. I haven’t felt my toes on my foot on the right side for many years, and my fingers are numb all the time every day. The pregnancy caused it all.”

Where are Octomum’s children now?

Ranging in age from nine to 17 years old, Suleman’s children – Ameerah, Calyssa, Elijah, Jonah, Joshua, Aidan, Isaiah, Noah, Josiah, Makai, Jeremiah, Maliah, Nariah, and Caleb  – have certainly grown up since the controversial birth of ‘the eight’.

These days, all 14 children are in school with Suleman using a mini bus to drop the children off at six different schools each morning.

In the afternoons, Suleman makes the same trip to pick up the children before they all pitch in to prepare a vegan dinner for the family.


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There are so many children, they eat their dinner in shifts.

The family currently live in a quaint three bedroom townhouse in Orange County, with some of the children forced to share beds or sleep on the couches.

With such a large family, Suleman has admitted that she very rarely takes all 14 children out of the house at once.

“She’ll get anxiety, everyone staring, so she’ll take whoever’s behaving the best. There’s ups and downs,” Suleman’s 16-year-old daughter Amerah told The New York Times.

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