Childbirth is known for being a long, drawn-out, painful process. It usually involves hours of ᴀɢᴏɴɪᴢɪɴɢ ᴘᴀɪɴ, with the end result being a long, hard push to get that one child who will be the blessing of dreams. Following that, it appears strange that the mother contained an entire person. But can you imagine if you were told that you were going to be bringing not one, not two, but six brand new lives into the world, all at once?
An incredible woman in the US has succeeded beyond all expectations by giving birth to six babies in less than 10 minutes, in what can only be described as an act of superhuman strength. All the babies were born in nine minutes, between 4:50 a.m. and 4:59 a.m.
Thelma Chiaka gave birth to her sextuplets, which are comprised of two pairs of twin boys and one pair of twin girls, between 4.50am and 4.59am on Friday at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. The babies weighed between just 1lb 12oz and 2lb 14oz, but thankfully were in stable condition in the hospital’s advanced ɴᴇᴏɴᴀᴛᴀʟ ɪɴᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴇ ᴜɴɪᴛ.
The hospital shared the incredible news in a statement, which said the chances of having sextuplets were one in 4.7 billion, which makes Thelma and her babies pretty special. “The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, an HCA Houston Healthcare Affiliate, which delivers more babies than any other Texas hospital, early this morning welcomed sextuplets, the odds of which are estimated at one in 4.7 billion,” the statement read.
“Two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls were born this morning between 4:50 and 4:59 a.m. The babies were born at weights ranging from one pound, 12 ounces to two pounds, 14 ounces. They are in stable condition and will continue to receive care in the hospital’s advanced ɴᴇᴏɴᴀᴛᴀʟ ɪɴᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴇ ᴜɴɪᴛ.”
The medical team of Dr. Ziad Haidar, Dr. SharmeelKhaira and Dr. Israel Simchowitz say the mother, Thelma Chiaka, is doing well. Along with the statement was a picture of the medical team and the now mother-of-seven, who looked absolutely thrilled her ordeal was over with. Later that morning, Thelma revealed she had named her daughters Zina and Zurial, but she had yet to come up with names for her four boys.
As incredibly rare as sextuplets are, a mum in Iraq was reported to have taken it that one step further after giving birth to seven, yes seven babies in what was believed to be the first time in the country’s history. The 25-year-old mother wasn’t named, but Firas Al Izzawi, a spokesperson for the local health department said it was a natural birth and that she was ‘perfectly healthy’ following the multiple deliveries.
There are also isolated cases of nines and eights. Unfortunately, only in very rare cases do all children survive. Nadya Suleman from the USA, for example, was so lucky in the eight-pack that she is also in the Guinness Book as a record holder. She gave birth to six boys and two girls in 2009 and has been known as “Octomum” ever since.
We wish the new mom from Texas all the best for the baby and a good start with her sixfold miracle!