Michelle Doyle, 37, is mum to seven children under the age of five after giving birth to three sets of twins and a boy in four years. This is a very rare case in the world, with odds of 1 in 500,000.
The family lives in a large four-bedroom house in Dublin, Ireland. Michelle Doyle used to be an assistant teacher, but because she was too busy taking care of her children, she had to put work aside.
This special family started when the young mother became pregnant after just 3 months of dating the plumber, Chris. When they found out that Michelle was pregnant with twins, they were both overjoyed. However, people were not too surprised about this when her grandmother had twins and her husband’s family also had triplets.
In October 2008, when she was only 25 weeks pregnant, Michelle had severe ᴀʙᴅᴏᴍɪɴᴀʟ ᴘᴀɪɴ and was taken to the hospital by her family. There, she gave birth to twins, Anthony and Adam.
“The boys were very weak and had to stay in the hospital for three months. Chris and I visited them every day. It was a difficult time because no one knew what was going to happen. The doctors said that Adam had ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ and needed extra care,” Michelle recalls.
When the boys were 2 and a half months old, Michelle accidentally found out she was pregnant again. She gave birth to her third child – Andrew in September 2009. Then, when Michelle and her husband discussed having another child, the ultrasound showed that she had a second set of twins! When her husband asked, “How many?”, Michelle could only gesture with two fingers. He laughed and said, “We need a bigger car!”
After the birth of her second twins, Luke and Lilian, Michelle planned to have a sᴛᴇʀɪʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, but due to her busy schedule, she did not use any ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴏɴ. When Lilian and Luke were 14 months old, Michelle was stunned to find out she was pregnant with her third set of twins.
“I never thought I would have three sets of twins. We were extremely hard-working and busy when the kids were under 4 years old. Sometimes we are too tired and remind our children that parents only have one pair of hands, not 20 as they think.”
However, now they are a big, happy family with a house filled with children’s laughter. After giving birth to seven children “in one go” and feeling satisfied with their number of children, Michelle and Chris invited each other to undergo sᴛᴇʀɪʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.