Local expert questions octuplets mom and her physician

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Valley professor on octuplets mom

"All I wanted was children. I wanted to be a mom. That's all I ever wanted in my life. I love my children. That is what Nadya Suleman told NBC's Ann Curry.

The 33-year-old found herself at the center of controversy shortly after giving birth to octuplets in January. Suleman is a single mother who does not have a job and is raising six other children under the age of 8 years old.

She has said, "I know I will be able to afford them when I'm done with schooling. If I was sitting down, watching TV and not as determined to succeed and provide a better future for my children, I believe that would be considered selfish."

Joan McGregor, a professor of philosophy at Arizona State University, tells 3TV "Anyone who has had children knows it's challenging to have one or two and to have eight that are the same age along with a number of others is difficult to imagine."

McGregor is not only questioning Suleman but also wonders why the doctor implanted so many embryos? She admits, "I think this raises a serious question about what kinds of procedures should be in place. What kind of people can access those procedures?"

Suleman says she conceived all 14 of her children through In Vitro fertilization with all procedures performed by the same doctor. After the birth of the octuplets, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine started investigating whether or not this particular physician broke any fertility treatment guidelines.

Currently there is no law in the United States mandating how many embryos doctors can implant, but the society recommends no more than two to three embryos should be implanted.

McGregor tells 3TV, "What was the doctor in this case doing because presumably that is a person who is an expert in this area and should be setting the kind of guidelines of what is appropriate medical treatment." She adds, "We're clear if someone is using crack cocaine and they're pregnant that their doing something wrong, but we're not criticizing the person who is doing or carrying six, five or eight embryos. We're not saying you're really doing something wrong. You're putting these children at potential risk of harm."

And now the latest move is also raising eyebrows with Suleman spending time doing network interviews. McGregor admits, "It raises questions about her motivation for having all of those children. Is this her attempt to get her moment of fame and maybe cash in on it? I don't know, but it does raise questions."

Those are a lot of questions people will be asking for a long time. "I think we need a national conversation about this. That's when we think someone whose got six children shouldn't be able to access those resources anymore whether she's single or a couple."< /p>

Suleman said she has always wanted a big family because she felt alone as an only child.