In Morocco, a Mali mother gave birth to nine children. Halima Cisse, 25, is said to be the first woman in history to have survived nonuplets. She had four sets of twins and five sets of triplets.
Mali is not known for its high fertility rate, with an average of 3.5 children per woman. But Halima's case was unique because all her children were born alive. The chances of surviving multiple births are very low, but Halima had enough resources to seek medical help when she needed it. Her story has been documented by several news agencies including Reuters.
Why did the Mali mother give birth to nine children? It may seem like a lot, but this is not unusual in Africa where large families are common. In fact, according to UN statistics, Libya has the highest number of children in the world, with an average of 7 children per woman.
There are two reasons why women give birth to more than one child. First, most men in African countries cannot afford to support many children. So the mothers use their time and energy to get pregnant again as soon as possible.
The second reason is that some women don't want more children.
A photo published by Mali's Ministry of Health and Social Development depicts some of the nine infants delivered in Morocco to Mali mother Halima Cisse. (CNN) According to the country's Ministry of Health, a mother in Mali gave birth to nine infants, two more than the seven indicated by ultrasounds. The government said the additional children were born last week in the city of Bamako. All of the children are doing well and will be sent to live with family members.
Halima Cisse, 24, arrived in Morocco without knowing any language other than English. She had been working as a domestic worker in Spain for about three years when she was transported to the country's capital city of Rabat on June 5, 2017. There, authorities took her to a hospital where she gave birth to seven children over the course of five days. She was allowed to return home on July 3 after all the children were born healthy. However, four weeks later she went back to the hospital where doctors informed her that another child was also still alive.
Mali's Ministry of Health and Social Development said Cisse was in good health and was being monitored by medical professionals. It added that it has contacted Cisse's relatives in Mali to find out if they want to claim the children.
Cisse told local media that she did not know anyone in Morocco and had only met the father once before she left Spain.
Cisse, Halima In 2009, a lady in the United States gave birth to eight children, setting a Guinness World Record for the most children born in a single delivery who survived. Halima Cisse, a 25-year-old Mali woman, gave birth to nine infants last month who are allegedly doing well at a Moroccan facility. The mother said she had used her body as a chemical reactor and absorbed toxic substances which saved her life when other options were not available.
In 2014, a woman in China delivered eight babies. All the babies are alive and doing well in one of the facilities where they have been taken by their parents.
Women have been giving birth to living babies for centuries. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania showed that women have been delivering babies at a rate of approximately one per lifetime since ancient times. Women have been conserving their resources by bearing fewer children than is typical in the modern world. The Penn study also showed that while many women will deliver only two or three children in their lives, some women will deliver ten or more children into adulthood.
Today, most pregnant women wait until after their first child is born before trying for another child. However, in certain cultures (such as India's), it is common for women to bear several children, sometimes within a few years of each other. In addition, there are cases of women who have given birth to multiple children who then go on to become pregnant again. This second pregnancy usually ends in miscarriage or abortion.