LOS ANGELES – The Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets two months ago told television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw that she was getting ready to move into a new home that'll be inspected before two babies are released from the hospital.
Nadya Suleman said on the "Dr. Phil" show aired Tuesday that she expected a social worker from the hospital to inspect the house near Los Angeles before any of the prematurely born babies are released.
"Four (babies) are ready to be released but they never send more than two at a time home," Suleman said. The other four babies will need to remain hospitalized for an unknown amount of time, she added.
Suleman, 33, gave birth to the octuplets on Jan. 26. They were born nine weeks premature but are the world's longest-surviving set of octuplets. She has six other children.
Suleman said she would accept free, in-home, round-the-clock nursing for her 14 children from a nonprofit group called Angels in Waiting, adding that the offer felt like "a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders because it's 100 percent for my children."
McGraw said he had to mediate a squabble between Suleman and the nursing providers, who was represented by lawyer Gloria Allred. He said Suleman distrusted Allred because the lawyer made the offer and simultaneously filed a request with child welfare officials to investigate the mother.
Allred said on the show that she filed the request because Suleman's own mother has said she can't take care of all her children.
Suleman has drawn criticism after it was revealed that all of her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization and that she was unemployed and single.
She said on the show that although she loves her children, she sees now that undergoing in vitro fertilization after already having six children was "irrational."
Suleman also responded to comments made to UsMagazine.com by her former publicist, Victor Munoz, calling her "nuts" and "greedy." She said his statements were "unethical, untrue and unprofessional."
Suleman said she used money earned from selling photos of the babies for a trust for her children, and also to put into escrow for a house that her father was buying in La Habra, about 20 miles east of Los Angeles. The four-bedroom, three-bath home was listed for $564,900.
Prudential Realty listing agent Mike Patel said the deal may close as soon as Tuesday.
A second "Dr. Phil" show featuring Suleman will air Wednesday.