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The Multiple Births World-Record Goes To Mali Woman After Delivering Nine Babies

The Multiple Births World-Record Goes To Mali Woman After Delivering Nine Babies

Halima Cisse from Mali made a new world-record with nine babies

Laura Sanders

Laura Sanders

A woman from Mali successfully gave birth to nine babies (nonuplets) this week, making a new world record for multiple births.

This isn't the first time a woman has given birth to nine babies, but Halima Cisse, 25, from Mali, is the first woman to give birth to nine, and for them all to survive.

Cisse was thought to be carrying seven babies, according to ultrasounds, but eventually delivered nine babies after she was flown from her home country to Morocco for a C-section.

Nadya Suleman from the US is the current official Guinness world-record holder for multiple births. In 2009, she was coined "Octomom" after giving birth to eight babies - six girls and two boys - all of which have thrived and grown up. They were conceived with IVF treatment and delivered nine weeks prematurely via caesarean (C-section).

Can you have a natural birth with more than two babies?

No. The birth of more than one baby carries more risks according to the NHS. Twins can be delivered naturally (through the vagina) if they're in the right position and with extra monitoring and around 40 per cent of twins born in the UK are born naturally.

A Mali woman gives birth to 9 babies. Here's some of them in the incubator '
Mali Health Ministry

In the UK, the other half of twin births and almost all triplet births are by cesarean - so it's most definitely not advised or even possible to give birth to nine children vaginally.

When carrying multiple babies, it's very likely that you'll go into early labour. The babies also don't tend to grow as big because there's more than one of them in the womb.

Here's a look at some of the other world-records for births.

The mother with the most children had 69 kids - not at once though

Anna-Haining-Bates, mother to 69 children '
Guinness World Records

The woman to have given birth to the most children on record is a Mrs Vassilyeva - a peasant from Shuya in Russia. In total, she's given birth to 69 children: 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.

These twins were born 3 months apart

Fraternal twins, Molly and Benjamin West, were born in the US 90 days (3 months) apart in 1996.

Molly was born prematurely on New Year's Day in 1996, but the doctors stopped her mother, Lesa West's, contractions so she could continue carrying Benjamin to full term. He was born on 30th March 1996.

The oldest woman to give birth was aged 66

Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara, who was born in Spain in 1940, successfully gave birth to twins in Barcelona in 2006. She conceived them with IVF treatment in the US, after being rejected in Spain for being too old. She lied in the US and said she was 55.

Sadly, Lara died in 2009 after being diagnosed with cancer. Her kids would have been just 3 years old at the time.

The world's shortest baby to be born was only half the height of a bowling pin

Unsplash/Eva Andria

In July 2002, Nisa Juarez was born in the US, measuring just 24 cm (9.44 in) long and weighing just 320 g (11.3 oz). That's roughly half the height of the average bowling pin, which is roughly 40cm.

She was born 108 days (around 3 months) premature and discharged a few months later in December 2002.

The world's heaviest baby was born weighing 10 kg

Giantess Anna Bates from Canada gave birth to a whopping 22lb (nearly 10 kg) baby in January 1846. She set the world-record for both the heaviest and longest baby (28 inches/71.2cm).

Sadly, the baby who wasn't officially named, but referred to as 'Babe' died 11 hours later.

The world's heaviest twins weighed 12.5kg
Twins '
Unsplash/Fallon Michael

In 1924, Mary Ann Haskin from Arkansas, US gave birth to the heaviest twins, who had a combined weight of 12.58 kg (27 lb 12 oz).

The lightest baby to be born weighed only a quarter of a kilogram

Baby "Saybie" (not her real name for privacy purposes) was born in the US at just 23 weeks 3 days and weighed only 245g (8.6 ounces). It's the lowest recorded birth weight of a surviving baby.

The normal gestation period of a human baby is between 39-40 weeks and the average healthy birth weight is 2.7-4 kilograms (6-9 pounds).

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