Regrets, Octomom Is Having a Few

FILE - In this March 11, 2009 file photo, Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets, leaves her home in Whittier, Calif. Suleman says she used money from an inheritance and overtime wages from her job as a psychiatric technician to pay for her early fertilization procedures. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file) AP Photo/Nick Ut, FILE

Nadya Suleman says, knowing what she knows now, she'd have done things differently, rather than having had octuplets.

"Octomom" tells Us Weekly magazine she never thought all eight embryos that were implanted would "take." The result was eight kids in addition to the six young ones she already had.

Perhaps, suggests CBS News Correspondent Terrell Brown, misgivings began to set in during a media crush when she brought the first of the eight home from the hospital.

"Running the paparazzi gauntlet," Brown points out, "a panicked" Suleman called police, saying, "They're trying to break down the garage door. We pulled in here and they're swarming the whole area."

Hindsight is producing regrets, Suleman tells the magazine.

"She said from the beginning that it wasn't her intention to have eight children at once all along; andthat's just the way the cards were dealt," Us Weekly Senior Editor Ian Drew told CBS News.

She also gave new details about their biological father, confirming that all 14 of her kids were conceived via invitro-fertilization, using the same sperm donor, someone she'd dated.

After having six children, Brown says, she reportedly asked the donor for help again, but he refused. Without his knowledge, she had doctors implant frozen embryos left over from the birth of her twins and didn't tell the donor about the pregnancy until a week before giving birth.

"She said that one of her great regrets is that, after having the kids, he is no longer part of their lives."

Perhaps most difficult for Suleman is trying to provide for all those little ones, Brown says. With $30,000 in monthly expenses, Suleman recently signed a deal to shoot a reality TV show, but so far, no network has signed on. And it's her constant search for a big payday that's brought charges that she's exploiting her kids and endangering their welfare.

"We wanted hjer to succeed," attorney Gloria Alred told "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith in March, after filing complaints with cild protection authorities. "But unfortunately, how can she be succeeding if she rarely comes in to even feed th babies, except when the (news) cameras are rolling?"

Suleman says she's also writing a memoir. And, just last week, a court appointed a guardian to make sure her kids' earnings from the TV series go to them and not Suleman.
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