In 2009, she was all over the news after giving birth to octuplets via IVF. Nadya Suleman was dubbed “Octomom” and received backlash for the eight babies, considering she also had another six kids at home. (14 if you don’t like math.)
Now, eight years later, she’s changed her name to Natalie Denise Doud to try to escape her scandalous past, which included public assistance and a string of bad choices. Natalie, 41, decided to return to tell The Doctors that her history was “haunting” her family.
“I never set out to become an Octomom,” “I’ve always wanted a big family – not this big!'
Natalie, who had the babies via IVF, said that “rather than go get more public assistance, which I already felt ashamed of, I ended up selling myself out.” Her kids include Elijiah, Amerah, Joshua, Aiden, and twins Calyssa and Caleb in addition to octuplets Jonah, Nariah, Josiah, Maliah, Isaiah, Noah, Jeremiah and Makai.
“I believe the judgment I experienced was warranted because what were people supposed to believe? All they were being fed by the media was negativity,” she said.
“There’s nobody, possibly, who could have hated ‘Octomom’ more than I.”
Natalie returned to work as a counselor and now has a “happy, healthy” life, she says.
“I went back to my life as a counselor. I went back and my kids had a healthy, happy life. The problem is it’s followed us, because people never knew what I did. They never knew the true story,” she said.
Natalie also said she didn't want to be a burden on taxpayers, and that her goal was to “move forward and not to be a burden on anyone in society.” She added that her kids were all “extraordinary.”
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