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In The News: Octuplet Mom

This image provided by NBC shows Nadya Suleman, left, speaking with Ann Curry in New York on Thursday in Suleman’s first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The interview is planned to be broadcast on the “Today” show today and “Dateline” on Tuesday. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)

Question: Are you amazed that someone could give birth to 8 live babies? Or are you outraged that medical “wonders” have gone too far?

DeLeon: 8 Might Be More Than Enough

The reporters noted that these multiple births not only involve the potential for all kinds of health problems for mother and babies; they also “consume enormous financial resources for hospitals, health insurers and families.” Some people have strong opinions on this issue. On The Seattle Times website, a woman who identified herself as Bothell mom wrote: “This woman went into the hospital and had a ‘litter’ like an animal. This is going to cost society at some point. There is NO way you can convince me that this family is going to foot this bill on their own for the lives of these kids. Unless this family is pulling in A-List Hollywood paychecks, they’re going to end up being a drain on taxpayers. …”/Virginia de Leon, Are We There Yet? More here.

Question: Do couples have an obligation to society to avoid purposely having multiple births, unless they can afford to do so?

HBO @ Noon: Octuplets, Anyone?

Item: Surviving Octuplets Born for Second Time Ever: Doctor: Eighth Baby Was a ‘Tremendous Surprise’/ABC News

More Info: After she gave birth to seven babies, a California woman — and the massive 46-person team of doctors that was assisting the birth — thought she was done. But one last baby, perhaps hiding behind the others, had other ideas. When the baby popped out Monday at 10:48 a.m., the woman, whose name the hospital did not release, became the second ever to give birth to surviving octuplets — six boys and two girls.

Question: What advice would you give to a woman who’d just given birth to eight surviving infants?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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