Born in Bulk: Octuplets and more!

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On Monday, a woman in California gave birth to octuplets, becoming the second person in the United States to deliver eight living babies. Born nine weeks premature, the six boys and two girls were delivered by C-section, which I guess is slightly less painful than popping out eight heads? If all eight babies born this week survive, they will be the first group of eight to do so. Good luck, baby bunch!

Among the extremely rare other mega-births on record:

  • Nonuplets (that’s nine babies) were born to an Aussie mom in 1971, but they all died within 6 days. Sad.
  • The first recorded case of octuplets in the U.S.  belong to Nkem Chukwu in Houston in 1998; seven of them survived infancy and just celebrated their 10th birthday(s), seen above.
  • In 2000, a woman in Italy had eight bambinos; six lived.
  • The first brood of thriving septuplets (seven) were born in Iowa in 1997 to Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey (seen here beaming from a magazine).
  • In 1998, the Humair family had septuplets in Saudi Arabia, the second family to do so.
  • The Qahtani septuplets, born in Washington, D.C. in 2001, are most recent set.
  • The first famous multiple birth was the Dionne Quintuplets (pic below) who were taken from their family displayed as part of a freak show called “Quintland” during the Great Depression.

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One Response to “Born in Bulk: Octuplets and more!”

  1. coffee Says:

    it’s pretty amazing that all eight of those babies survived the birthing process

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