Octu-Mom Fears Hospital Won't Release Babies
Suleman says hospital is worried about her ability to care for eight more children
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2009 2:20 AM CST
Nadya Suleman speaks at a fertility clinic in Los Angeles in a 2006 interview.   (AP Photo/KTLA)
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(Newser) – Nadya Suleman has told TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw that the hospital where her octuplets were born will not release them unless she can prove her ability to care for the babies, reports the Los Angeles Times. A distressed Suleman—due to appear on two episodes of the program starting tomorrow—called McGraw after speaking to hospital officials, who expressed concern about her ability to care for the children, he said.

The unemployed 33-year-old single mother lives in a three-bedroom home with her mother and her six other children, and supports her family with welfare checks. The hospital declined to comment on Suleman's case but said all mothers of multiple births are advised on what they will need to care for their children.