Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"Go forth and multiply"

The other day, the question came up, what's the most number of children delivered to one woman during a single birth w/o the use of fertility drugs? I just got around to searching for the answer. Here are some interesting facts I found along the way:

The world record for having the most number of children officially recorded is 69 by the first of two wives of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782), a peasant from Shuya, 150 miles east of Moscow. In 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. The children were born between 1725-1765. OUCH

The youngest mother whose history is authenticated is Lina Medina, who delivered a 6½-pound boy by cesarean section in Lima, Peru in 1939, at an age of 5 years and 7 months. The child was raised as her brother and only discovered that Lina was his mother when he was 10. AND THE FATHER WAS?

Bobbie McCaughey is the mother who holds the record for the most surviving children from a single birth. She gave birth to the first set of surviving septuplets - four boys and three girls -on November 19, 1997, at the University Hospital, Iowa. Conceived by in vitro fertilization, the babies were delivered after 31 weeks by caesarean in the space of 16 minutes. YOU GO BOBBIE

Jayne Bleackley is the mother who holds the record for the shortest interval between two children born in separate confinements. She gave birth to Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999, and Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000. The babies were born 208 days apart. I GUESS THE COUPLE WAS EXCITED ABOUT THEIR SON'S BIRTH

Elizabeth Ann Buttle is the mother who holds the record for the longest interval between the birth of two children. She gave birth to Belinda on May 19,1956 and Joseph on November 20, 1997. The babies were born 41 years 185 days apart. The mother was 60 years old when her son Joseph was born. MAYBE BELINDA TOOK TOO LONG TO GIVE HER MOTHER GRANDCHILDREN?

The highest recorded number of children to be born in a single birth is nine. Geraldine Brodrick of Australia delivered five boys and four girls on June 13, 1971. However, two boys were stillborn, and all of the children were dead after six days. NO INFO ON WHETHER OR NOT DRUGS WERE USE TO CONCEIVE

1 comment:

  1. wow! I love reading about multiple births. one baby alone is miracle enough it just seems incredible when multiples are in the picture. well, God is an incredible God. He is able to do immeasurably more than we can hope or imagine. I hope I have twins or more some day!