Friends Defend Mother of Octuplets

She holds a 2006 degree in child and adolescent development from California State University at Fullerton, and as late as last spring she was studying for a master's degree in counseling, a college official told ABC News.

ABC News has learned through San Bernardino Superior Court Records that Suleman, 33, divorced her husband, Marcos Gutierrez, in January 2008.

The document indicates "no children of the marriage," suggesting that Gutierrez was not the father of Suleman's previous six children.

Last week, the woman's mother, Angela Suleman, said her daughter had been obsessed with having children since she was a teenager, according to an interview she conducted late Friday with The Associated Press.

Angela Suleman told the AP that all 14 children were conceived through in vitro fertilization, because her daughter had always had trouble conceiving due to "plugged up'' fallopian tubes. She said that while all the kids came from a single sperm donor, the donor is not Marcos Guitierrez.

Mother of Other Octuplets: 'It Gets Easier'

An AP review of birth records identified a David Solomon as the father of the four oldest children.

Nadya Suleman lived with Gutierrez for about 3½ years from August 1996 until January 2000, when she moved back with her parents, living at several addresses, records show.

After leaving Gutierrez, Suleman began having her 14 children.

Angela Suleman told the newspaper that her daughter had fertility treatment but never expected the treatment would result in eight babies.

She said that raising 14 children "was going to be difficult."

Other mothers of multiples said it gets easier.

"The more they grow, the easier it becomes," Nkem Chukwu, who lives outside Houston, told the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Chukwu told the paper that after multiple failed pregnancies, she turned to fertility treatments and gave birth to eight babies, born 15 weeks premature. One of the tiny octuplets died after a week. A tenacious Chukwu and her husband, Iyke Luis Udobi, decided to try for one last child, and they conceived in 1992, four years behind the seven other children.

Chukwu described a chaotic birth among a small army of pediatric specialists -- and a life of color-coding children to keep track of them -- that she said became easier with time.

"It was crazy," she said. "We had a team. I can't remember how many doctors. I think, like, 50 people were just running up and down. I was the one in pain, so it was hard to keep track."

As the original seven children entered the fourth grade as 10-year-old siblings last year, the chaos had settled down.

But things remain a challenge every day, she told the paper. The family still uses a donated 16-passenger Ford van and "an army of volunteers" to help them through their day to day lives.

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