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What is the greatest number of children that were born at the same time?

Decaplets (ten babies) is the highest number of infants that have ever been born to the same mother at the same time in history.  It happened three times, the most recent being on April 22, 1946 when a woman gave birth to 8 girls and 2 boys in Brazil.  The other decaplets birth happened in Spain (1924) and China (1936).

Most often, when that many children are born at the same time, some are too weak to survive. The greatest number of children that were born at the same time and survived was eight and they are called octuplets.

 

The most popular octuplets are the Chukwus (December 1998) and the Sulemans (January 2009) of the Octomom controversy. The extremely controversial circumstances of Suleman's high order multiple birth has led to debate in the field of assisted reproductive technology as well as an investigation by the Medical Board of California of the fertility specialist involved, regarding the transfer of twelve embryos at once.

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