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Woman Gives Birth to 9 Babies. At One Time

Malian woman gives birth to nonuplets in Morocco

(Newser) - If all goes well, Halima Cisse should be able to field an entire baseball team with all nine children she gave birth to on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Malian woman had expected to deliver seven babies, based on an ultrasound. In a surprise, she instead gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco,...

Twin Birth Rate Reverses, Falls
Rate of Twin Births Declines

Rate of Twin Births Declines

Single deliveries are safer, so researchers welcome the drop

(Newser) - After three decades of increases, the US birth rate for twins has dropped. The steady rise had been attributable largely to the use of in vitro fertilization. Now, the 4% drop from 2014 to 2018 could be attributable to new reproductive technology that makes single births more likely, a report...

Man Has Stroke Hours After 70-Something Wife Has Twins

'It is all in the hands of God,' new dad had said just after girls were born

(Newser) - For years, Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband deeply longed to have children, but they were never able to conceive—and in their village in India's Andhra Pradesh state, that was a dark mark against them. "They would call me a childless lady," the septuagenarian tells the BBC...

In the Lone Star State, a 1-in-4.7B Birth

Thelma Chiaka welcomed sextuplets in Houston Friday

(Newser) - Thelma Chiaka now has six more mouths to feed. Per the Houston Chronicle , the Texas mom gave birth to sextuplets Friday morning at Houston's Woman's Hospital of Texas—two sets of twin boys and a pair of twin girls, all weighing in at between 1 pound, 12 ounces...

26 Months, 3 Sets of Twins, Zero Fertility Treatments

This 20-year-old Kansas mom has her hands full

(Newser) - A mother in Kansas has her hands full after giving birth to her third set of twins in just over two years, the AP reports. Per WDAF-TV , 20-year-old Danesha Couch of Kansas City, Kan., says she hasn't undergone any fertility treatments and realizes that some people might consider her...

A Big Milestone for World's First Surviving Septuplets

Iowa's McCaughey siblings just graduated from high school

(Newser) - Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny Jr., Natalie, and Nathan have graduated from high school, NPR reports. If their first names don't ring a bell, perhaps their last name will: They're the McCaughey kids, the world's first known set of surviving septuplets, and they accepted their diplomas from...

Twin Moms Give Birth to 2nd Set of Twins Weeks Apart

Double joy for Utah sisters who also live near each other and work together

(Newser) - Identical twin sisters from Utah each recently gave birth to twins—again. Kerri Bunker and Kelli Wall delivered twins within weeks of each other at a hospital in Orem, south of Salt Lake City, the AP reports. Years ago, they gave birth to their first sets of twins, now 4-...

Couple Has Identical Triplets—Conceived Naturally

That's a one-in-a-million chance, a doctor says

(Newser) - To conceive identical triplets with fertility drugs, or to spontaneously conceive fraternal triplets, is not necessarily headline-worthy. But "to have a patient with spontaneous identical triplets is incredibly rare," says a doctor who recently delivered a set of such triplets—and puts the odds at about one in...

Couple Loses Septuplets, but Not Hope

Lindsey and Steve Justice share their story

(Newser) - When Lindsey and Steve Justice found out they were expecting septuplets, they considered it "a miracle," Lindsey says. The North Carolina couple, parents to 2- and 4-year-old girls, found out Lindsey has polycystic ovary syndrome while trying to conceive a third time, USA Today reports. She took fertility...

Mom Births Rare 'Mono Mono Twins'

As Akron hospital gets ready to deliver second set next week

(Newser) - Sarah Thistlethwaite was once told she wouldn't have children; just in time for Mother's Day, the Ohio woman delivered twin girls in a rare kind of pregnancy that happens about once in 10,000 births, or in, at most, 5% of all twins. As News Net 5 reports,...

Mother of 25-Year-Old Gives Birth to Triplets

Pregnancy was a surprise for Sharon Lewis, 47

(Newser) - Sharon Lewis wasn't trying to get pregnant. She certainly hadn't done any hormone or fertility treatments. Oh, and she was a 47-year-old mother of two already—including a 25-year-old daughter. So imagine the South Florida woman's surprise when she found out she was pregnant ... with triplets. Lewis...

1 in 100M: Identical Triplets Born in California

Abby, Brin, and Laurel were conceived naturally

(Newser) - A California couple has created something so rare that experts can't put the odds to the nearest million: naturally conceived identical triplets. A single fertilized egg split in three to give Hannah and Tom Hepner of Quincy their daughters Abby, Brin, and Laurel, who are doing well in hospital...

Texas Woman Births 2 Sets of Identical Twins

Odds of that: One in 70M

(Newser) - A Valentine's Day miracle? A Houston mom brought two sets of identical twins into the world last week—a phenomenon with a one-in-70 million chance of occurring naturally, doctors say. Tressa and Manuel Montalvo used no fertility drugs to conceive the children, they say; before catching a third heartbeat,...

Nonomom? Mexican Woman Pregnant With 9 Babies

Karla Vanessa Perez due to give birth next month

(Newser) - She's been dubbed Nonomom, of course: A woman in northeastern Mexico is pregnant with nine babies, reports Reuters , citing local media. Karla Vanessa Perez of Coahuila state is due to give birth on May 20 to six girls and three boys, according to MSNBC . Few details are out yet,...

Octomom Doctor Michael Kamrava Loses License
 Octomom Doc Loses License 

Octomom Doc Loses License

Calif. decides Michael Kamrava presents danger to the public

(Newser) - If Nadya Suleman ever decides that 14 kids isn't enough, she won't be able to turn to Beverly Hills fertility doctor Michael Kamrava for help. Kamrava, who helped Suleman conceive octuplets when she already had six children, and implanted seven embryos in a 49-year-old woman who only wanted...

Arf! Arf! Dog Pops Out 17 Puppies
Arf! Arf! Dog
Pops Out 17 Puppies

Arf! Arf! Dog Pops Out 17 Puppies

Which is an awful lot of work, it turns out

(Newser) - It doesn't quite have the ring of 101 Dalmatians, but 17 Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite enough for one momma dog and her German owners. It took 4-year-old Etana 26 hours to give birth to the eight females and nine males in late September, reports the AP —and it's been...

Octomom Sells Bra in Bid to Fend Off Foreclosure

Suleman holds yard sale to raise funds for $450K house payment

(Newser) - Octomom Nadya Suleman, facing foreclosure if she can't make a $450,000 balloon mortgage payment next month, spent the weekend hawking her "memorabilia." Items, including eight "little devil" Halloween costumes and an autographed nursing bra, were on sale at a yard sale outside Suleman's Los Angeles County...

1 in 12 US Babies Born to Illegal Immigrants

Their offspring made up 8% of 2008 US births

(Newser) - One out of every 12 babies born in the US are born to illegal immigrants, according to a new study. Undocumented immigrants make up just over 4% of the American adult population, but their babies made up 8% of all births in the US in 2008, according to the report...

Octomom Offers Lawn for PETA Spay Ad

She needs the cash, food

(Newser) - Cash-strapped octomom Nadya Suleman has agreed to help promote pet spaying with a lawn ad for PETA, and, no, this is not an Onion article. Suleman, desperate for some extra money to raise her own litter of 14, has agreed to let the animal protection group post an ad outside...

Jon and Kate Finalize Details of Split
Jon and Kate Finalize
Details of Split
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Jon and Kate Finalize Details of Split

She gets primary custody; he doesn't object

(Newser) - On the eve of the Jon and Kate Plus 8 series finale—good timing!—the battling Gosselins have worked out the details of their divorce. Kate was awarded primary custody at a mediation hearing yesterday, and Jon didn't object, a source tells People . "Kate is just relieved that...

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