Spokeswoman: Octuplet Mom 'Upbeat,' Not Overwhelmed

Spokeswoman: Nadya Suleman has named all 8 kids, is "upbeat" and not overwhelmed

ByABC News via logo
February 3, 2009, 8:03 AM

Feb. 3, 2009— -- The California woman who recently gave birth to octuplets is not overwhelmed and is looking forward to telling her story, her spokeswoman said today.

Nadya Suleman is a "wonderful woman," spokeswoman Joann Killeen said today on "Good Morning America." "She's smart, she's bright, she's articulate, she's well-educated and she has a wonderful sense of humor."

Suleman, 33, remains in a hospital in southern California after giving birth Jan. 26 to the octuplets. Suleman, who has six other children, is now the mother of 10 boys and four girls younger than 8. All were born by in vitro fertilization, her mother has said.

Despite what might seem like an overwhelming number of children and despite her family's apparent financial difficulties, Suleman is "upbeat" about her future, Killeen said.

"She's very joyful. Nadya is a very balanced and together woman," she said.

"She's very, very happy and joyful for the miracle of life and the babies."

Suleman has held the babies and has named them, Killeen said, though she declined to reveal the names.

As news of the births -- the second recorded successful octuplet birth in the United States -- has spread around the world, Suleman has been the target of both fascination and criticism. Killeen said Suleman has been inundated with offers for media interviews and talk show appearances. Killeen said she was "evaluating" all the offers.

But, she has also been criticized by some medical ethicists, who wondered how she would take care of so many children. Suleman, who is unmarried, reportedly held a psychiatric technician's license, though it was not clear whether she was currently employed.

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

Court documents show Suleman's mother, Angela Suleman, filed for bankruptcy in March 2008. The family currently lives in a three-bedroom home in suburban Los Angeles.

Killeen said Nadya Suleman was a "working professional" before giving birth and would "look at all the opportunities and choices she has to provide best financial future for her children."