The Rosenkowitz sextuplets (born January 11, 1974 in Cape Town, South Africa) were the first recorded sextuplets to survive infancy. They were conceived with the use of reproductive medications. The Nijssen sextuplets (born September 21, 1977, in the Netherlands) were born two months prematurely to Corry and Sien Nijssen. They were the first known human survivors of a sextuplet pregnancy.
The Guzzo twins (Dawn and Diana Guzzio) are an American pair of female twin sisters from Long Island, New York who achieved not only survival but also success as models and actresses. Dawn was born on February 16, 1970, and her sister Diana followed less than a month later on March 1, 1970. Both girls were given up for adoption and raised by different families. At age 14, they decided to find each other and start over together. In 1992, they won the title of America's Next Top Model.
The Stice twins (Elizabeth and Jennifer Stice) are an American pair of identical twin sisters from Ohio who became famous after surviving a plane crash that killed their mother and their father. The twins were adopted separately and grew up with no knowledge of each other's existence. Elizabeth was born on August 5, 1975, and Jennifer followed one week later on August 12, 1975. They both lived more than 10 years after their parents' death.
The Dilley sextuplets (born on May 25, 1993, in Indianapolis) were the country's first surviving set of sextuplets. The previous highest number of births to one mother was five, which also happened to be the maximum number that could be delivered by a single surgeon. The mother had undergone in-vitro fertilization to produce the quintuplet twins and the sextuplet son.
Five mothers who had previously given birth to multiple children each gave birth to a single baby boy in 1993. All five boys lived more than eight hours after birth. They were all discharged from Children's Hospital of Indiana within one week of life, with their parents watching as many as four of them breastfeed at once.
Mothers Aileen Lee Johnston and Elizabeth Edwards Jones had both received fertility treatments before becoming pregnant with their multiples. Both women suffered miscarriages before finally getting successful pregnancies. Johnston's pregnancy with her quintuplets was reported to be high risk because she had no uterus due to a prior surgery to remove endometriosis. She underwent a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries) to prevent further miscarriages. Edwards Jones' pregnancy with her sextuplets was also considered high risk because she was 33 years old and had never carried a child before.
Quintuplets occur spontaneously in one out of every 55,000,000 births. The identical female Canadian Dionne Quintuplets, born in 1934, were the first known quintuplets to survive infancy. Quintuplets are also known as "quins" in the United Kingdom and "quints" in North America.
Tetraplets are four infants who are born close together. There are only 29 sets of quadruplets (4 pairs of siblings) recorded in history. Only two of these have survived past childhood: Charles and Louis Armstrong. A pair of triplets has also been reported to have lived past age five.
Septuplets are seven infants who are born close together. An octuplet family is eight infants who are born within an eight-month period. This rare situation occurs when an individual ovum contains eight separate embryos. Approximately one in every 50 million pregnancies results in this situation. Most octuplets do not live longer than three months old. A few cases have been reported to be four years old or older.
Nonuplets are any number of children who are not quintuplets, tetraplets, or septuplets. They usually refer to multiple births where there are not exactly 20, 40, or 60 babies, respectively. For example, a mother could have 13 babies, including twins. This would make her non-upcoming children.
The wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707–c.1782), a farmer from Shuya, Russia, had the most officially documented number of children born to one mother: 69. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets in 27 confinements. That's more than one child every month for three decades! Her name was Natalya Ivanovna and she married Feodor Vassilyev at age 19.
Their son Feodor Vassilyev Jr. was born around 1735 and had six siblings. He too had many children - 52 in all. His daughter Anna was born in 1803 and had 13 children of her own. She also had several foster children who were raised by her family after the death of their parents.
Thus, both of Feodor's sons had more children than any other individual in history up to that time. They are now known as "the father of modern genetics" because of their significant contributions to the field of biology.
However, this does not necessarily mean that everyone born into their family tree to follow became a scientist. Many children were sent to school instead so they could earn money to eat. Also, there was no electricity or indoor plumbing in those days so many children sick with infections such as measles and typhus died before reaching adulthood.
Still, these two men have more children than any other individuals in history.
It looked to be the first occasion in history when a lady gave birth to nine surviving kids at the same time. BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — According to Mali's Minister of Health and the Moroccan facility where the nonuplets were born, a Malian lady gave birth to nine infants at once after expecting seven.
A woman, for example, may hyperovulate, releasing several eggs in the middle of her menstrual cycle. Each of these eggs is fertilized by a sperm, and one or more of these embryos divides. In this case, a mother may give birth to many children (such as quadruplets), with two of the children being fraternal twins and the other two being identical.
Nadya Suleman: The current Guinness World Record holder is American Nadya Suleman, who in 2009 gave birth to eight preterm but otherwise healthy children. The previous record of seven was held by Dafna Gencer from Israel.
Suleman had five girls and three boys. The ages of the children at the time of their death were 2 months, 1 week, 4 days, 5 hours, 42 minutes. She later gave birth to a ninth child who also died shortly after birth.
The deaths of all nine children left Suleman with the world's most premature infant mortality rate. She said that she suffered from depression after the deaths and attempted suicide by eating some of her infected organs. However, she was saved by friends who took her to a hospital where she was treated for peritonitis, an infection of the lining of the stomach or intestines.
She has since moved out of her home in California and started a new life in Hawaii, where she has four more children with another man. She has stated that she does not plan to have any more children.
Helen Hamilton Thomas: Helen Hamilton Thomas was a British woman who in 1869-70 had eight children with her husband John Henry Thomas while they were both students at Cambridge University.