The medical reproductive world is in an uproar over the birth of octuplets by Nadya Suleman. This is a huge ethical debate and is great fodder for newspapers, bloggers and anyone else who wants to get in on the act. No one knows the full story, however. We know she is single and a lot of people are bothered by that. She has six other kids and having eight more seems insane and people are bothered by that. Who was the fertility doctor and why did he or she help Nadya? Could that doctor have said "no"? Who is paying for all this? Why do we admire Jon and Kate Plus Eight yet get pissed at Nadya?
Personally, if Nadya finds a way to pay for all of this and can care for her kids then I really don't give a crap. What intrigues me is the whole process of this story. The story first came out as a great thing for the doctors who delivered the babies and what a great job they did. Then came the background story on Nadya and her six other kids. Then we heard Nadya was going to get a talk show. Now we hear she has a publicist and is taking offers for interviews and book deals. Her situation should be used as a case study to analyze how the media works, how buzz is generated, and how to manipulate the press and cash in. The bottom line is that I hope Nadya's example ties up the loose ends in the fertility specialty so that if something inappropriate did happen with her, it won't happen again. Then I hope Nadya cashes in on the deal and her kids grow up healthy and financially independent. Oh, yeah, if that happens she may want to pay back some of the millions that she owes from having eight premies at a NICU.