9 Moms Who Set World Records Birthing Babies

Judy Dutton | Aug 19, 2014 Being a Mom

Yes, motherhood is a feat unto itself. But sometimes we just have to marvel at moms who accomplish stunts so far from the norm, it's astonishing their stories are true. If you've ever wondered how old a mom can be to give birth, how many babies one mom can have, how long labor can last, or hear some other unbelievable stories from the extreme horizons of parenthood, get a load of these world record-breaking moms below. They will alter everything you thought you knew about what's humanly possible, for moms or otherwise.

Which record surprised you the most?

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  • Most Kids Born By 1 Mom


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    Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant living in Russia in the 1700s, gave birth to 69 kids. That's a total of 27 pregnancies with 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. We're exhausted just thinking about it!

  • Most Babies Born in 1 Delivery


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    Nadya Suleman, better known as the "Octomom," gave birth to eight babies in 2009. They were only the second full set of octuplets ever born, and the only total set to survive. Plus this single mom from California had six kids at home already! She's earned a bad rap but still, a world record is a world record, and deserves recognition of some sort.

  • Oldest Mom to Give Birth


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    In 2008, Omkari Panwar from India gave birth to twins at the ripe old age of 70. The birth was made possible through IVF, which the mom agreed to in order to produce a male heir.



  • Longest Labor


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    In 2012, Joanna Krzysztonek from Poland endured 75 days of labor before giving birth to twins. She was originally carrying triplets, but the first was born prematurely and died, so doctors had the mom remain in the hospital upside down for the duration of her two-plus months of active labor. Luckily all that pain and suffering was worth it: Her twins turned out fine.


  • Heaviest Baby


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    In 1955, Carmelina Fedele from Italy gave birth to a boy weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces. Oof! Larger babies have been born, but did not survive. 

  • Smallest Baby


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    While many small babies are born premature and don't survive, Rumaisa Rahman was a notable exception. Born in 2004 to Mahajabeen Sheikh at Loyola University Medical Center, this baby weighed just 9.2 ounces -- less than a can of beer.

  • Smallest Mother


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    Stacey Herald, who is just 2 feet 4 inches tall, was warned that pregnancy would kill her. Undeterred, the Dry Ridge, Kentucky resident (whose husband is 5 foot 9) has given birth to three kids -- the last in 2010. These infants were half her height when born.

  • Pumped the Most Breast Milk


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    In August 2014, Alyse Ogletree broke the Guinness World Record by donating 414 gallons of breast milk to a milk bank. That would feed an army of babies -- a worthy cause for sure, but she must have been hooked up to her breast pump non-stop!

  • First "man" to give birth


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    Born female, Thomas Beatie from Oregon underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2002 but held onto his female reproductive organs. And good thing too: After marrying a woman who'd had a hysterectomy, Beatie decided to get pregnant with an anonymous sperm doner, and became the first "man" to give birth in 2007. Since then he's has two more kids. 


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