Women in Africa are competing to create a world record in giving birth to a maximum number of babies at a time. Yes, after a woman in Mali (a landlocked country in West Africa) has given birth to nine babies on 04 May 2021, now a South African woman, Gosiame Thamara Sithole wey give birth to 10 babies crated a world new record of multiple deliveries.
Gosiame, already a 37-year-old mom of six-year-old twins, initially thought she was going to have eight kids, but when she gave birth by Caesarean section at a Pretoria hospital Monday she was surprised when 10 babies emerged, her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, told the Pretoria News.
It’s seven boys and three girls,” Tsotetsi told the outlet of his wife who was “seven months and seven days pregnant.”
Sithole, from Ekurhuleni, said she ad naturally conceived all these babies and that she had not received special fertility treatment, which has been linked to other multiple-baby births.
If confirmed, Sithole’s 10-kid delivery would make it the first known birth of decuplets and going to be documented into “Guinness Book of World Records”.
Though, “Guinness World Records is also aware of the news that Gosiame Thamara Sithole has given birth to decuplets, and they have also send their congratulations and best wishes to the family,” a spokesperson for the records listing told The Post Tuesday.
The story first emerged on Tuesday when Pretoria News spoke to Sithole’s husband Tsotetsi, who allegedly told them: ‘It’s seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant.
In that interview, Sithole claimed that doctors had initially told her that she was pregnant with six children.
But that was increased to eight following a later scan. It was only while undergoing surgery that the other two babies were discovered, they said.
Sithole said she suffered through the complicated pregnancy, experiencing morning sickness early on followed later by pain in her leg.
Meanwhile, Tsotetsi revealed that he initially could not believe his wife with pregnant with six children, thinking it was medically impossible.
Her husband — who is unemployed — said that he “felt like one of God’s chosen children” even when he thought he’d fathered eight kids.
How Can a Woman Give Birth to 10 Babies?
Women giving birth to multiple children is not uncommon, with cases of twins and triplets occurring relatively frequently with no scientific intervention.
But high-order multiple pregnancies – four children and above – are extremely rare naturally, and almost always occur as a result of fertility treatment.
That is because such treatment – which includes IVF – is expensive and the chances of success are relatively slim.
This incentivises some unscrupulous medics to implant large numbers of fertilized eggs into a woman’s womb to further increase the chances that one will develop.
But in rare cases several of the embryos – or all of them – will start developing into foetuses, creating extreme cases of multiple pregnancy.
In theory there is no limit to how many children a woman can carry at once, though risks to the health of both mother and babies increases with each additional child.
What is the Risk to Such Moms?
Women with extreme multiple pregnancies are more likely to develop anaemia – a lack of iron in the blood that can damage the immune system and make other complications worse.
Cases of pre-eclampsia – a condition that can cause severe headaches and potentially-deadly fits – and gestational diabetes – high blood sugar that has been linked to post-natal depression – also increase in such cases.
Risks to Multiple Babies Born Together
Babies born of high-order multiple pregnancies are almost always delivered early, and tend to be both under-weight and malnourished.
Cases of infant mortality in the days and weeks after birth are also not uncommon.
The largest set of babies to be born in one go and to survive past infancy is eight – born to ‘Octomum’ Natalie Suleman in California in 2009.
Ms Suleman, who already had six children through IVF, had 12 embryos leftover. Her doctor implanted all of them inside her womb at once.
Her case sparked a fierce debate over IVF regulation, with the fertility specialist who carried out the procedure stripped of his medical licence.“News report Daily Mail UK“
Nine children were also born to Halima Cisse – a Malian woman – at a hospital in Morocco last month, where they remain under constant care.
While all five girls and four boys are said to be ‘doing fine’ and putting on weight, doctors say it will be at least another six weeks before they can consider sending them home.
Cisse is also still recovering from a torn artery she suffered during the birth, which almost caused her to bleed to death.