Yes, There Are Women Who’ve Had More Kids Than Michelle Duggar

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There are good reasons to go down in history. Being the wealthiest person ever is a good one, or perhaps having the largest collection of soda bottle caps or Hello Kitty paraphernalia in the country. Heck, don’t lowball — in the whole world.

Being known as the most baby-making-est mother ever, on the other hand, is not unless, of course, you have single-handedly replenished the population of a decimated village or former ghost town.

Aside from women in Bible, who used to birth whole nations and entire lineages from their wombs — no, seriously, whole nations and entire lineages — I can’t think of many chicks who’ve had as many (or more?!) children as Michelle Duggar. But there are a few. 

Nicola Pridham, 20 children. This saucy British baby mama gained notoriety not because she’d had one child every year for two decades, though that seems like it would’ve been enough. She spiced up her “Supermum” image by making headlines when she walked out on hubby and father of her brood, Kevin, to be with her Internet lover, who was married with just one measly child. She must be a master of Kegel exercises.

Santkumari Pariyar, 25 children. The star of a documentary detailing the amazing birth of more than two dozen children — and the devastation of losing 17 of them in various stages of infancy — the Nepal woman lives in extreme poverty that more than likely attributed to her unfortunate circumstances. Still, with eight surviving children to dote on and a film-worthy story to tell, she’s a picture of resilience.

And, not to be outdone… Drum roll, please:

Mrs. Feodor Vassiliyev, 69 children. That’s right. A six and a nine. Together. Now, because this woman — who apparently was such a legend-in-the-making, even in her own era, that folks didn’t bother documenting her name — lived back in the 1700s when record-keeping was still a sketchy science, the validity of this claim has been disputed by modern-day scholars. But supposedly, she popped out almost 70 kids in 27 pregnancies that included 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets. How’s that for efficiency?

Honorable mention: Nadya Suleman, 14 children. Ah, the notorious “Octomom.” Giving birth to one child — naturally, C-section, doesn’t matter — is a feat of champions. Delivering eight at one time when you have six already at home makes you a heavyweight champ. Like Muhammad Ali, greatest of all time status. The smallest babe in the Suleman train weighed a mere 1 lb., 8 oz. but all babies, who were born in 2009, set a record as the longest-surviving set of octuplets born in the U.S.

All I know is this: I never met Michelle Duggar, don’t know a thing about her besides what I see on TV and read in the media. But there are some things I can deduce about her just from knowing that she has pushed 19, almost 20 human beings into the world and raised them to be decent people. She has to have the virility of a field mouse and the gracious patience of, well, Michelle Duggar.

How many kids is too many kids?


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melro... melrose79

I have no idea how they do & Michelle Duggar has the patience of a saint. I envy her. I have one 14 year old & she makes me want to pull my hair out sometimes. Lol.

GirlN... GirlNamedBillie

As long as you have the means to care for your children and properly raise them it doesn't matter how many you have. People say it's irresponsible because we're over-populating, but that's why we were put on earth, to procreate!

jaden... jaden_122308

i agree that it doesnt matter how many kids that u have but it does matter if your older kids are havng to practicly help u raise ur younger children. she has said on the show they have the buddy system so that everyone can get their chores "jusitictions" done and so that the kids can all get their homework done. and make sure that all kids r where they need to b. she may have had them all but there is no way that she can spend lots of quality time with each one of her children on a daily basses

Rainb... RainbowMom132

Over-population is a concern only because of people using the social programs(more like abusing them). When you take care of your own on YOUR OWN like the Duggars I don't think it should matter. A lot of people call them irresponsible and put them down for their choice but who are they to judge. If we eleminated judgement in this world, shoot just in this country, everybody would be so much more happy(including the judgemental people).

AlexSosa AlexSosa

I personally think 5 is the limit. But thats just me. I want two to start with, and might go for more later after I know what the situation will be for me after I have my second child. No more than four though, Im small and I dont think my tiny body could handle more than that.

nonmember avatar blh

I don't buy the one with 69 kids. And over population is a problem even if you're not on welfare or anything because of NATURAL resources.

mommy... mommyuphold

For me 3 is enough-I had always wanted 4 but with the birth of our 3rd child this past Spring. I decided for sure I was done! His birth was tramatic as was my 1st childs and he was in the NICU for 25 days and we couldn't hold him for 14 days. I couldn't imagine putting us and our kids through that again! But everyone is different and everyone has their limit!!

nonmember avatar Anon

Um yes, overpopulation IS a problem and has nothing to do with welfare. What, kids don't actually cound unless the family has a foodstamp card and is on Medicaid? The Duggars aren't using resources? Contrary to popular belief the small amount of time these people are on tv gives no real idea of how much patience they have, although a lot of us would have more if our teenagers raised the babies we keep having, what kind of parents they are, reference the teenagers raising their siblings, etc.

Rowan... RowanTreeMommy

I disagree with the lack of NATURAL RESOURCES!!!  We have so many renewable resources at our disposal!  What is required is that we need to be more efficient in using what we do have, and becoming more aware of how we utilize/dispose of our everyday byproducts.  I know of very large families who have a MUCH SMALLER carbon footprint than a single person living on their own!!!  For one thing, large families tend to be very self-sufficient.  If families such as the Duggars can put out twenty people into the world who are aware of the importance of helping those in need, living without debt and respecting the earth and Her resources, I'm all for it!  Their big hearts seem to encompass all, while they take up less elbow room than many individuals who feel as though the world was put here specifically for their own amusement and abuse.  I have two lovely little boys.  I only hope that they can learn to be as loving and as giving as those Duggar kids are.

Rowan... RowanTreeMommy

Also, there are a great many good and responsible people who are having to turn to food stamps and medicaid in today's economy.  Does this mean that it's okay to start telling people they aren't allowed to have children?  If we're so overpopulated and overburdened, why should that only count for large families?  Why should anyone be allowed to have children?  Let's start regulating the number of children couples are allowed to have, then we can even start monitoring male/female counts and force people to put children of an unnecessary gender up for adoption to other countries.  What could possibly go wrong?  I mean, we don't have any kind of an example of how that could come back on us down the road, right?

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