As many as eight kids have been delivered alive in multiple births. The Suleman octuplets, born in Bellflower, California in 2009, have the distinction of being the first surviving set on record. Their mother was 33 years old when she gave birth to her last child.
In ancient times, childbirth was almost always fatal for the baby. The survival rate was almost zero. Modern medicine has greatly improved this statistic, but infants still die sometimes during delivery.
The maximum number of babies that can be delivered alive by one woman is also eight. This amazing feat was accomplished by Jeanne Louise Loulay from France. She delivered eight babies over the course of two days in January 1874. All the babies were healthy except for one who died shortly after birth. The woman spent several months in a hospital recovering from her ordeal.
The most babies ever delivered by one woman is three times eight, or 24. This record was set in 1795 by a woman named Mary Edwards who lived in Somersetshire, England. She delivered the babies of three husbands under the names of Mrs. Markham, Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Wharton. At the time, it was legal for women to marry more than once. The children were given different names by their mothers so as not to affect their inheritance.
The Chukwu family in Texas had the first set on record in 1998, albeit one died shortly after delivery. A second pair, the Suleman octuplets, were born in Bellflower, California in 2009. They are all healthy and doing well at age 30 months.
The most common number of siblings delivered by one mother is twins, but three or more children have also been reported. There are no records of anyone delivering four babies live, but one woman gave birth to five children who all survived. The report describing this miracle was printed in a German medical journal in 1721.
It's estimated that between 1 in 100 and 1 in 250 pregnancies result in multiples. That's about 7,000 to 21,000 per year in the United States.
The likelihood of delivering multiple babies increases with age. It's estimated that 1 in 20 women over the age of 40 will deliver multiple infants. For women under age 20, it's 1 in 150 births. Women in their early twenties have the highest rate of triplets and higher order multiples.
Women who have had more than one child are at increased risk of having another baby soon after delivering one or more babies. This is called "postpartum fertility" and it is normal for new mothers to want to get pregnant again very quickly after giving birth.
As of 2019, all of them were still alive and had reached the age of ten. A third set of triplets was born in India in 2011.
The typical number is two per pregnancy. More than that usually leads to complications for the mother. There are several reasons why most people only have two children: money, time, and health problems being the most common ones. Being rich enough to afford it not necessary! Time: since the 1980s, women have been having their pregnancies longer, which means they're carrying their babies for longer periods of time. This is probably why more people are experiencing birth defects resulting from an overexposed embryo. Health problems: some diseases are especially harmful when you're pregnant or can even cause death of the woman or her baby. For example, malaria can lead to premature labor and low blood pressure, which if left untreated could be fatal.
During times of war and violence, many women don't survive their pregnancies. Others are too weak to care for others so leave their infants with relatives or friends.
In conclusion, babies come in pairs because that's how many there usually are. If you want more than that, take care of your body so it can take care of yours.
When that many children are born at the same moment, it is common for some of them to be too weak to live. The maximum number of infants born at the same time and surviving was eight, known as octuplets. The Chukwus (December 1998) and Sulemans (January 2009) of the Octomom scandal are the most well-known octuplets.
Their mother gave birth to these babies at home in California. The women had no prenatal care and none of the babies survived. This makes the Chukwus/Sulmiers' case the most deadly form of multiple pregnancy in the world.
Another example is the 1973 quadruplets born to a woman who used methamphetamine during pregnancy. Only two of the children survived; the other two were stillborn or died shortly after birth. Even with drug treatment available today, the outcome would be the same because all four babies were born prematurely.
The highest number of children ever born at one time was 1556, by Caesarean section delivery in 1916. The survival rate was very low because much medical care was unavailable at that time. Only 9 of those children lived more than five years so the true figure may be lower.
In modern times, the highest number of children born at once was 30 July 1996, in the United States. That year, an Arizona woman named Debbie Davis delivered eight sets of triplets and four sets of twins using in vitro fertilization (IVF).