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A woman gave birth Monday to eight babies

Posted by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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 This is just amazing. I had to share!

BELLFLOWER, Calif. – A woman gave birth Monday to eight babies, only the second time in history octuplets have survived more than a few hours, doctors said.

The mother gave birth to six boys and two girls weighing between 1 pound, 8 ounces, and 3 pounds, 4 ounces, doctors at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center said. The hospital had scheduled a Caesarean section for seven babies, but doctors were surprised when an eighth came out at 10:48 a.m.

"My eyes were wide," Dr. Karen Maples said, explaining her reaction to the last birth.

Doctors said the babies were born nine weeks premature but are in stable condition. Two newborns were placed on ventilators and a third needs oxygen.

Hospital officials would not release any information about the mother, including her name, condition or whether she used fertility drugs. They did, however, say she planned to breast feed all of them.

"She's a very strong woman, so she probably will be able to handle all eight babies," said Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neo-natologist who cared for the infants.

The mother checked into the hospital in her 23rd week of pregnancy and gave birth seven weeks later. All eight babies will probably remain in the hospital for at least two months and the mother should be released in a week, Maples said.

The world's first live octuplets were born in March 1967 in Mexico City, but all the babies died within 14 hours, according to Encyclopedia Britanica.

The United States' first live octuplets were born in Houston in December 1998. They were three months premature and their weights at birth ranged from 11 ounces to 1 pound, 11 ounces. The tiniest infant died of heart and lung failure a week after being born. The surviving siblings — girls Ebuka, Gorom, Chidi, Chima and Echerem, and their brothers Ikem and Jioke — turned 10 in December.

Their mother and father, Nkem Chukwu and Iyke Louis Udobi, said they are astonished and grateful their children have grown up to be healthy and active. Chukwu is even happier to hear another mother successfully accomplished the same feat.

"It's a blessing, truly a blessing," Chukwu told The Associated Press. "We'll keep praying for them."

Forty-six hospital staff and four delivery rooms were used for the latest octuplets' births. After one baby was born, staff rushed the newborn into another room and waited for the next, the hospital said. But despite weeks of preparation, doctors did not expect the eighth child.

"It is quite easy to miss a baby when you're anticipating seven babies," said Dr. Harold Henry, chief of maternal and fetal medicine at the hospital. "Ultrasound doesn't show you everything."

Doctors said they repeatedly conducted practice sessions on the deliveries and were well prepared. Gupta said the woman was given spinal anesthesia and could hear the babies as they came out.

"When the first baby came out, he was crying and kicking," Gupta said. "That eased the tension in the operating room because the first one came out healthy."

Dr. Richard Paulson, director of the fertility program at the University of Southern California, said octuplets born premature could face serious health risks, including breathing problems and neurological damage. The mother also has an increased risk of hemorrhage, Paulson said.

"It's a risky decision to try to have all eight babies," said Paulson, who had no role in the delivery. "I would not recommend it under any circumstances, but I respect a parent's decision."

For people who use fertility drugs, the vast majority of births — 80 percent — are single babies. Among multiple births, the most common are twins, Paulson said.

Paulson said the latest births likely resulted from the use of fertility drugs and not in vitro fertilization.

"When you hear about someone having octuplets, it's almost always the case that they took fertility medications and not IVF," he said.

It's easier to control the number of births through in vitro fertilization, which involves combining egg and sperm in a lab dish and transferring the embryo into the uterus. Fertility drugs induce or enhance ovulation and couples often opt for selective reduction, in which women carrying multiple fetuses reduce the number of viable fetuses to two.

The Bellflower medical center is about 17 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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atlmom2
by Susie on Jan. 27, 2009 at 8:38 AM

I think Dr's have gone way to far with fertility treatments. 

mamaoftwins9197
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 8:48 AM

I think it's amazing!!!  Only the 2nd set of octuplets ever to be born alive!!!  I can't imagine...I thought two at once was rough!!!  They were expecting 7, but I can't imagine that one extra made that much difference at that point...LOL.  I hope they all make it...they seem to be doing well so far.  Big for how many there were!!!


mamaoftwins9197
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 8:49 AM

In a sense, I agree with you, but fertility drugs do not ensure multiples, they only increase your chances by less than 10%...age and other factors have a lot more to do with it.  And even with fertility treatments, the chances of 8 are extremely slim!  And for the record, I did not use fertility treatments...my twins were au natural!

Quoting atlmom2:

I think Dr's have gone way to far with fertility treatments. 



mamaellie1979
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 9:27 AM

i have 3 sets of twins! i'm a twin and twins run in my family though!!! luckily this ones a singleton because i'm a grandma now too!

Ellie Loving wife to Louie, Mom to teenagers Aidan (15), Maddie & Lexxie (13); preteen Jacob (11); big kids, Katie & Chris (9), Tilly (7), Caleb (5); newborns James & Jane (7-29-08); I'm due with baby number 11 on 1 september 2009; i survived teenage parenthood!!! yes, you read right i have 3 sets of twins; i'm a grandma! Aidan and Franchesca (his fiancee) had their baby girl 1-9-09 her name is Arabella Louise, she was 10 weeks early but weighed 2lbs 4oz and was 13in long at birth; she's now 2 weeks old and weighs a hefty 5lbs 6oz and is a nice 15in long.

Squirt254
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 9:39 AM

wow....I'm speechless. How wonderful for you....11 children? wow...I am having a hard time with one LOL. God Bless you! and best of luck to you and your new little one. If I may ask, will you continue to have  more, or are you done after your new little one is born? I'm so curious..lol sorry I don't mean to pry :) My mom had identical twins and I thought that was crazy to grow up with hehehehe.

and as far as the women that has 8 healthy live babies... YIPPIE good for her!! I wish her all the best of luck!! I hope her babies continue to do well and all survive!!

Quoting mamaellie1979:

i have 3 sets of twins! i'm a twin and twins run in my family though!!! luckily this ones a singleton because i'm a grandma now too!


Squirt254
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 9:40 AM

oops I forgot to add, thank you so much for sharing shell81!! what an amazing story!!!

mamaof32007
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 9:44 AM

I think it is awesome!  Jon and Kate plus 8 better move on over there will me a new show I am sure!  I have a 31 month old and 16 month old b/g twins, they were natural as well, also me and my sister are twins so they do run in our family!

ain-gell72
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 9:46 AM

i think it's a bit out there. they are going to have an awful hard time raising them, with everything newborns, toddlers and tteeens need and want, it will be very rough on them.

i also don't think, us as humans, were meant to have litters!

mamaellie1979
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 12:02 PM

truthfully i was done when i had caleb but Louie wanted one of his own and he got 2 this one was a woopsie because i was having a complication with the iud i got after the twins were born and i concieved the day it was removed (we didn't think we would be able to get preggers because of the birth control at least that day)

Quoting Squirt254:

wow....I'm speechless. How wonderful for you....11 children? wow...I am having a hard time with one LOL. God Bless you! and best of luck to you and your new little one. If I may ask, will you continue to have  more, or are you done after your new little one is born? I'm so curious..lol sorry I don't mean to pry :) My mom had identical twins and I thought that was crazy to grow up with hehehehe.

and as far as the women that has 8 healthy live babies... YIPPIE good for her!! I wish her all the best of luck!! I hope her babies continue to do well and all survive!!

Quoting mamaellie1979:

i have 3 sets of twins! i'm a twin and twins run in my family though!!! luckily this ones a singleton because i'm a grandma now too!



Ellie Loving wife to Louie, Mom to teenagers Aidan (15), Maddie & Lexxie (13); preteen Jacob (11); big kids, Katie & Chris (9), Tilly (7), Caleb (5); newborns James & Jane (7-29-08); I'm due with baby number 11 on 1 september 2009; i survived teenage parenthood!!! yes, you read right i have 3 sets of twins; i'm a grandma! Aidan and Franchesca (his fiancee) had their baby girl 1-9-09 her name is Arabella Louise, she was 10 weeks early but weighed 2lbs 4oz and was 13in long at birth; she's now 2 weeks old and weighs a hefty 5lbs 6oz and is a nice 15in long.

emily351982
by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I actually saw a story about this yesterday and couldn't believe it.  I cannot imagine 8 and especially all at once!  I was huge when I was pregnant for my son, everyone thought I was pregnant w/twins and I had him over a month early.  8, talk about exhausting!  And she plans on breastfeeding all 8, wow!  It's definitely an amazing story and so great that all the babies seem to be doing so well.

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