Mom of 12 Gives Birth to Quintuplets After Natural Conception

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quintupletsOne mom in Australia definitely has her hands full these days, as she just gave birth to quintuplets -- and she already has 12 other kids at home! The quints were delivered via c-section by a team of specialists at Monash Medical Center in Melbourne, though sadly, one of the baby girls did not survive. The other four babies, two boys and two girls, are being monitored and remain in the NICU.

Any time a mother gives birth to multiples, people automatically assume some sort of fertility drugs or treatment were used prior to her becoming pregnant. And that's what makes this woman's story even more miraculous -- as she conceived the quintuplets naturally. Oh yeah, one more thing -- she's 48 years old.

OMG. Can you imagine being a 48-year-old mom of 16 kids?! The odds of conceiving quintuplets naturally is one in 55 million, so I guess there's really nothing else to say about these babies other than they were meant to be.

But considering this woman already had 12 kids and is approaching 50, was it really a good idea for her to try for "just one more"? Because that whole "just one more" thing is kind of a jinx sometimes. A friend of mine actually decided to try for one more baby shortly after giving birth to her first -- and lo and behold, she wound up conceiving twins, leaving her with three kids in diapers. I thought she had a tough go of it, but after hearing about this woman in Australia? Yeah, her parenting woes seem like a walk in the park.

Who knows though -- maybe once you are a mom of 12, adding a few more kids into the mix really isn't all that big of a deal. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say she should probably think about calling it quits with the baby making and go ahead and get her tubes tied. She's obviously the definition of "fertile Myrtle," and I'm not sure trying the "just one more" thing again would be the brightest idea.

What is your magic number as far as having enough kids?


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fleur... fleurdelys3110

Oh jeez. I hope they have plenty of money in the bank.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Actually conceiving multiples is NOT a sign of enhanced fertility. It can be genetic. But it is also a sign of reproductive problems. So her age isn't that shocking... A well functioning system produces just one baby. Many women who can't get pregnant for years or try when they 'shouldn't' be cycling have natural multiples. (shortly after birth, breastfeeding, etc)

Rebec... Rebecca7708

Wow. Way to be snarky and condescending. How about just saying how amazing it is that these babies were conceived naturally, and congratulations? It's not your business to decide if her having more children is a good idea or not.

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

We thought out magic number was 3 but due to finances and how much we have to offer our kids, we have settled at 2. Unless something changes for us we are super happy and comfortable at 2. Our belief is that if you can't feed them don't breed them. We dont know this lady's personal story. Maybe the pregnancy was an accident. It's a miracle however you see it. As long as she can take care of them I don't care how many she has. Now, the octomom is a totally different story!

amber... amberdotsmom

I read through the linked article twice and see nothing about her trying to conceive these babies or wanting just one more.  Why do you insist on repeating that in the article as though she set out on purpose to have one more more babies at 48 when it could just as easily have been a suprise?

BethA... BethAnnJay

I laugh very sardonically at people who "plan" on how many kids they want to have! We wanted to stop at 2....then I got pregnant, while faithfully taking birth control pills, with twins! I had a tubal after delivery but after my experience, nothing in life is guaranteed! Regardless of this mom's background story, I wish her lots of luck and patience!!!

SaphireH SaphireH

It was to be 4 but after my 3 was to be twins naturally and the twin didn't work out plus a very pain filled pregnancy I got my tubes tied, we have a 7 year old son, 3 year old daughter and a 9 month old son and they are plenty for us.

SaphireH SaphireH

That should say 3rd pregnancy

nonmember avatar christina

My lucky number was 3 i have 2 boys and one girl. I stopped there and got my tubes tied.

cmjaz cmjaz

She may have just thought she was too old to conceive anymore. Her womb was giving her one last Hurrah! I'm sorry to hear that she lost one. I hope the others make it okay.

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