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In 1997, a woman from Carlisle, Iowa made history by giving birth to 7 surviving babies. Her name is Bobbi McCaughey and she was 29 years old when she underwent a Caesarean section that was performed by more than 40 specialists to have Septuplets. This was the first time in the history of our country that one woman had given birth to that many surviving multiples! How did they afford so many babies? Well, a lot of people helped. They received many gifts and money, including a 5,500 square foot house, a big van, and enough diapers for 2 years! They even received nanny services, clothes and free future scholarships for college. Do they have any other siblings? Yes, they have an older sister Mikayla. Now that is some babysitting duties for sure! God bless them all.
In less than 10 minutes the four boys and three girls were born. The smallest baby was 2.5 pounds and the biggest baby was 3.4 pounds. It was a miracle that these children were all born alive, especially because they can 2 months premature. The healthy delivery surprised the doctors and everyone was so excited to welcome the new Septuplets into the world! What was the public's reaction? Some people criticized the parents. Bobbi said in an interview, “In the beginning, for every ten letters we would get that were happy for us, we'd get one letter accusing us of exploiting the kids and being selfish to waste the world's resources on a family this big. Our neighbors never gawked. Here in Carlisle they gave us privacy. But we had complete strangers come around to the back door, knock, and ask if they could hold a baby.”
McCaughey had taken Pergonal, one of the fertility drugs, to help her conceive a child. Doctors say that the more fetuses a woman carries at once, the more risk there is that these babies will not be healthy and can be born premature, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, mental retardation or other developmental problems with speech and motor skills.
The fact that McCaughey became pregnant with seven children at once was being examined and many ethical issues started to arise in the medical world. Despite ethical concerns, the Septuplets made headlines and gained nationwide support. They were able to meet president Bush when they were kindergartners and were offered free college education from several universities once they were seniors in high school.
The family has seen so much opportunity and the children are so blessed. Although having six other siblings may seem overwhelming, these kids love it and the family has stayed very close throughout all of these years!
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