The mother of the longest-living octuplets in the U.S. is being deluged with offers for book deals, TV shows and other business proposals, but has not decided what she might do other than care for her children, her newly hired spokeswoman said Monday.
Hundreds of requests have been made since Nadya Suleman gave birth to six boys and two girls a week ago, said Joann Killeen, president of Killeen Furtney Group, a public relations company.
"She's the most sought after mom in the world right now," Killeen said. "Everyone wants to talk to her."
But Suleman, who remained hospitalized with her children Monday at Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower Medical Center, hasn't decided what she'll do next, Killeen said.
Some of the deals and requests for interviews involve offers to pay, said Killeen and her partner, Mike Furtney. They didn't reveal the amounts being offered, but Killeen noted that raising eight babies will be expensive, adding that Suleman plans to carefully review her financial opportunities.
"Right now her top priority is to be the best mom she can be to all her children," she said. "She's hired us to manage all of those opportunities."
The spokeswoman discounted some published reports that Suleman had already decided to host a television show on parenting. But she added that Suleman does want to eventually tell her story to the world.
"As soon as she's able, she will tell her story, and it's an amazing story," she said.
Suleman, a 33-year-old single mother, already had six children, ages 2 to 7 when she gave birth to her octuplets on Jan. 26.
See images of famous multiples, including the Dilley sextuplets, the McCaughey septuplets and the Chukwu octuplets.
The Gosselin sextuplets plus two
The Gosselin family pose at a party to celebrate the fifth birthday of the sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel, born in 2004, plus older sisters Cara and Mady. Shortly after the birthday celebration, mom Kate, left, and dad Jon, right, began having problems that led to their divorce.
The Suleman octuplets
Nadya Suleman, 33, made history by delivering eight babies in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2009. The babies, who were conceived by in vitro fertilization, were born nine weeks premature and became the longest-surviving set of octuplets. The birth weight of the six boys and two girls ranged from 1 pound, 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. The octuplets' arrival was first celebrated as a medical miracle, but a backlash quickly grew when it became known that the unemployed, single mother already had six other children at home.Splash News / Splash News
The Dilley sextuplets
Keith and Becki Dilley of Indianapolis smile at each other on their couch at home as they hold their 5-month-old infants, the first surviving sextuplets born in the United States. The children, dubbed the “Dilley Six-Pack” by some media outlets, were born nine weeks early on May 25, 1993. Their names in order of birth are Brenna Rose, Julian Emerson, Quinn Everett, Claire Diane, Ian Michael and Adrian Reed.Time & Life Pictures via Getty I / Time & Life Pictures via Getty I
The Chukwu octuplets
The eight Chukwu babies, six girls and two boys, were the first octuplets born in the United States. The siblings were born in December 1998 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston to mother Nkem Chukwu and father Lyke Louis Udobi, both Nigerian-born Americans. The firstborn, Chukwuebuka Nkemjika (Ebuka for short), was born 15 weeks premature on Dec. 8, 1998. Her brothers and sisters followed on Dec. 20, still 13 weeks premature.Corbis / Corbis
The Dionne quintuplets
The five Dionne sisters – Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne – were conceived from a single egg and born two months premature on May 28, 1934, in Callander, Ontario, Canada. They are the first quintuplets to survive infancy, and they are still the only identical female set. Here, the 6-year-old sisters are dressed for their First Communion as they pose for a cover of Life, published Sept. 2, 1940. When the girls were born, their family already had five children, and could not afford to care for the five newcomers. The Ontario government removed the sisters from their parents’ custody and moved the girls to a hospital that attracted so many curious visitors wanting to see the girls that it became known as “Quintland.” When the girls were 9, their family regained custody, and they returned home, where they lived until they were 18.Time & Life Pictures via Getty I / Time & Life Pictures via Getty I
The McCaughey septuplets
On Nov. 19, 1997, Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey of Des Moines, Iowa, became parents to the world’s first surviving septuplets: Kenneth Robert, Alexis May, Natalie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Nathan Roy, Brandon James and Joel Steven. Here, five of the seven 4-year-olds are greeted by former President George W. Bush at the Des Moines International Airport before he headed to the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 14, 2002.AFP - Getty Images / AFP - Getty Images
The Shier quintuplets
Born on Jan. 23, 1996, to Patty and Scot Shier of Los Angeles, the Shier quintuplets arrived as five healthy babies – the first set of quintuplets with no major health problems to be born in the United States, said a spokeswoman for Long Beach Memorial, the hospital where the infants were delivered. Here, Patty Shier plays with her 22-month-old babies in their Los Angeles home.San Jose Mercury news via Newsco / San Jose Mercury news via Newsco
The Walton sextuplets
The Walton girls are the world’s first female surviving sextuplets. They were born on Nov. 18, 1983, in Liverpool, England, to Graham and Janet Walton. Here, the sisters – named Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jennifer – celebrate their 9th birthday. The Waltons grew up in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. All but one of the sisters, now 25, still live at their childhood home.Newscom / Newscom
Her babies continue to grow stronger, the hospital said in a statement Monday. It wasn't immediately known when the octuplets or their mother would be released from the hospital. At the time of the births, doctors said the babies would stay about two months.
"This has been a very good week for the babies. It is always satisfying to be able to see a baby that was born premature continue to get stronger every day," said Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neonatologist at the hospital.
The country's first set of octuplets was born to Nkem Chukwu of Texas on Dec. 20, 1998. A week later, the tiniest of the infants died of heart and lung failure. The surviving seven siblings celebrated their 10th birthday in December.
Suleman retained the Killeen Furtney Group to represent her last Friday. Furtney said the company, which normally handles corporate clients and crisis public relations, was referred to her by the hospital. Its clients include the Union Pacific Railroad and the California State Parks Department.
Suleman's mother told The Associated Press last week that her daughter has always loved children and had wanted to be a mother since her teens.
Suleman had all 14 of her children through in vitro fertilization, according to her mother, Angela Suleman, who is caring for the other six while her daughter is hospitalized.