Ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother, 42, gives birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem
- An anonymous 42-year-old rushed to Ein Kerem Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem
- Grandma spent 14 years of her life pregnant and gave birth 19 times
- But she still has 49 children to go if she wants to break the world record
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother has given birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem, but she still has a way to go before breaking the Guinness World Record.
The unnamed 42-year-old was rushed to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem after she went into labor on Wednesday.
Nurses were left speechless when the unassuming woman revealed she was already a mother of 20 and that this was her 19th pregnancy.
The grandmother spent a total of 14 years of her life pregnant and gave birth 19 times, including twins.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother gave birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem, but she still has a way to go before breaking the Guinness World Record (stock image)
But she still has a long way to go if she wants to beat the current world record of an 18th-century Russian farmer’s wife.
The wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707–c. 1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia, gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven pairs of triplets, and four pairs of quadruplets.
However, this Jewish grandmother is giving her a run for her money, having been pregnant for 14 years of her life.
Speaking to hospital staff, she admitted that her eldest children were now starting families of their own.
Midwife Aliza Altmark told The time of Israel the woman preparing for the birth when the mother revealed she already had 19 children – including twins – from 18 previous births.
The unnamed 42-year-old was rushed to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem (above) after going into labor on Wednesday
Altmark said the mother was calm and relaxed and the labor lasted a few hours, longer than the woman’s previous deliveries.
“She was very excited about every birth, every child, even the 19th and the 20th,” Altmark told the paper. “It also made me feel good. She has sons-in-law and daughters-in-law and of course a lot of help around the house.’
The hospital said the baby boy was born naturally with no complications.
The most prolific mother according to the Guinness World Record website was Mrs. Vassilyeva, an 18th-century Russian peasant woman who gave birth to 69 children.
During 27 deliveries, the Vassilyeva gave birth to a remarkable 16 pairs of twins, seven pairs of triplets and four pairs of quadruplets.
THE WOMAN WHO HAD 69 CHILDREN
Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707–c. 1782), a farmer from Shuya, Russia, is said to have had 16 twins, seven triplets, and four quadruplets.
Numerous contemporaneous sources exist suggesting that this seemingly unlikely story is true.
The case was reported to Moscow on February 27, 1782 by the Nikolsk Monastery, which had registered every birth. It is noted that by this time only two of the children born in the period c. 1725-1765 did not survive their infancy.
Apart from her fertility, not much is known about Ms. Vassilyev, although she is believed to have lived to be 76 years old.
The Guinness Book of Records reports that this historical record should be taken with a grain of salt, but adds that it is conceivable that the 69-year-old mother may have had a genetic predisposition to hyperovulation.
This would have enabled her to release multiple eggs in one cycle, greatly increasing the chances of having twins or multiple children.
It is also not impossible for a woman to have 27 pregnancies during her childbearing years.