If you thought the fictional stories of “The Brady Bunch” or “Eight is Enough” had a lot of kids, wait until you hear this real-life story of a woman who has reportedly given birth to 10 babies! Doctors are saying this would be a new world record.
According to the BBC, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, previously gave birth to twins, who are now six years old. She is said to be in good health after delivering 29 weeks into her pregnancy in Pretoria on Monday evening. Her husband says they were astonished by decuplets after scans only showed eight in the womb.
“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.
A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC that Mrs. Sithole had had 10 babies – five via natural birth and 5 via cesarean section.
A woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.
Last month, 25-year-old Halima Cissé from Mali gave birth to nine babies, who are reportedly doing well at a clinic in Morocco.
Mothers Who Have Had Multiple Babies
You may remember Nadya Suleman, better known as “Octomom”. Suleman became world famous when she gave birth to eight babies in January 2009. When she was 33, the single American mother gave birth to the only known set of octuplets to live past their first week, USA Today reported previously.
Suleman, who already had six children before giving birth to the octuplets, conceived all of her children (including the first six) through in vitro fertilization, sparking a debate about the technology. Suleman was implanted with 12 embryos by Dr. Michael Kamrava, a Beverly Hills fertility specialist who had also implanted her for all six of her previous in vitro pregnancies. The Medical Board of California later revoked the license of Dr. Kamrava.
It took 46 scrambling doctors and nurses to perform the C-section when Ms. Suleman went into labor at 31 weeks. The babies weighed between 1 pound 8 ounces and 3 pounds 4 ounces. Six boys and two girls. Never before had so many been born at once and survived, a medical marvel overshadowed by its treatment in the supermarket glossies.
The octuplets are small for their age, but they’re polite, they cook, they’re vegan, they read two books a month and do their homework without being prompted. In spite of all of the horror stories in the tabloids since birth, they’re
Another African woman had a large number of children by the time she was 39. Mariam Nabatanzi had her record number of babies by the time she was just 36 and all with the same father.
Now 39, Mariam has had three sets of quadruplets, four sets of triplets and six sets of twins.
Will These Babies Survive?
Most pregnancies involving large numbers of babies end prematurely, says BBC Africa’s health reporter Rhoda Odhiambo.
Multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments, but in this case,