Iraqi mother, 25, gives birth NATURALLY to six girls and one boy in the country’s first SEPTUPLET pregnancy – and the family now have TEN youngsters to look after!
- Incredibly rare birth occurred at a hospital in the Diyali Province of eastern Iraq
- Reports say the mother had a natural birth and is perfectly healthy
A new mother is in good health after having seven babies in a single natural birth, with all the children reportedly doing well.
The 25-year-old – who has not been named – gave birth at a hospital in the Diyali Province of eastern Iraq in what is believed to be the first septuplet case in the Middle-Eastern country.
A spokesman for the local health department released a statement saying the mother, along with her six girls and one son, are perfectly healthy.
The children’s father Youssef Fadl said he and his wife had not planned to expand their family and now have ten youngsters to look after.
Doing well: The seven newborns, six girls and one boy, are said to be in good health after receiving medical check-ups (picture shows four of the children)
Images show four of the tiny babies lying in a bed together.
And other pictures show two of the newborns lying together shortly after the remarkable birth.
This case follows a mother who gave birth to sextuplets – three girls and three boys – at the Saint George University Hospital in Lebanon.
These children’s father Youssef Fadl said he and his wife had not been considering having more children and they now have ten youngsters to look after.
The world’s first set of surviving septuplets were born to Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1997.
The couple famously declined selective reduction after learning they were pregnant with seven children following fertility treatment, saying it was ‘in God’s hands’.
Learning they had septuplets on the way sparked international headlines that would chart the children’s every move.
Welcome to the world! Two of the newborns have their umbilical cords cut
Incredibly rare: Images show two of the newborns lying together shortly after the birth
Country’s first: The birth occurred at a hospital in the Diyali Province of eastern Iraq in what is believed to be the first septuplet birth there
After the McCaughey babies were born nine weeks prematurely, joining their big sister, Mikayla Marie, news crews swarmed their modest one-floor home.
Amid the media frenzy, President Bill Clinton personally called the family to congratulate the family, while Oprah welcomed them on her show and companies scrambled to help the couple.
Among the donations, they received a 5,500 square foot home, a van, a year’s worth of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese, nappies for the first two years and full college scholarships for any state university in Iowa.
During the early months, the septuplets drank 42 bottles a day and went through 52 diapers.
WHAT IS SELECTIVE REDUCTION?
Selective reduction is the practice of reducing the number of foetuses in a multiple pregnancy; it is also called ‘multifoetal reduction’.
The procedure generally takes two days; the first day for testing in order to select which foetuses to remove, and the second day for the procedure itself, in which potassium chloride is injected into the heart of each selected foetus under the guidance of ultrasound imaging.
Risks of the procedure include bleeding requiring transfusion, rupture of the uterus, retained placenta, infection, a miscarriage, and prelabour rupture of membranes. Each of these appears to be rare.
Selective reduction was developed in the mid-1980s, as people in the field of assisted reproductive technology became aware of the risks that multiple pregnancies carried for the mother and for the foetuses