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    This may make some smile but it hurts me just to think about it.

    WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO HER 18TH CHILD. ALL CHILDREN ARE HEALTHY.

    YEEEYOOWWWWZZZAAAAAA

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    My grandmother, and an aunt both birthed 16 children with one husband each. My aunt also fostered children, and ended up adopting a little neighbor girl, who's mother was in and out of prison, so that makes 17 children!!

    I cannot imagine birthing that many... especially ALL at home like my grandma did. Heck, I noticed a difference from my first to second children! I think I would feel "all worn out" by the time I would get to the 4th or 5th birthing.. not to mentions a bakers dozen, PLUS some!!

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    I wonder if births get easier as you get up in numbers like that? It would seem like after 10 or so they'd just start to sort of fall out when it was time, but I bet that's not true.
    Just thinkin' out loud....


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    I always wonder about these people.

    What does the Father do to support the family?

    Do they have a farm so they're self supporting?

    Do the older children raise the younger ones?
    "The cure for anything is salt water- sweat, tears, or the sea." -Isak Dinensen

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    I wonder if births get easier as you get up in numbers like that? It would seem like after 10 or so they'd just start to sort of fall out when it was time, but I bet that's not true.
    I've heard the labor times are shorter as you progress, but that is just incidentally, not researched.

    I had relatives who have had 18+ kids. I can just imagine having a entire "classroom" full of kids who never went home to their mom's and you never get a paycheck or summers off!

    I'll bet it's impossible to spoil a child when you have 17 more making sure things are "fair." ;-)

    Oh gosh, can you imagine if one or more was bipolar or something? I could barely make it through the doctor visit copays for ONE child!
    FUN... is a renewable resource!

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    Only 18??

    My husbands grandmother pushed out 21 children on a small ranch in Mexico. Only her mother or an aunt helped out until the older daughters became able to help deliver the babies at the age of 8.
    5 of the children died before adulthood.

    His other grandmother had 15 children with 10 reaching adulthood.

    My mother in law had 13 children at home. One was born with a type of spinal bifida (I believe, no one really knows since there was no healthcare then) and she died but the rest were healthy.

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    I will now award myself the Whiner of the Year award. I have one kid, he is a great kid, he'll be 12 in a month, and he has run me ragged. Nothing bad, just normal stuff.

    The thought of having TWENTY ONE CHILDRED.....I can't go there, I'll never recover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    I wonder if births get easier as you get up in numbers like that? It would seem like after 10 or so they'd just start to sort of fall out when it was time, but I bet that's not true.
    If this is true I would guess by number 12 they pretty much fall out when you stand up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricia View Post
    If this is true I would guess by number 12 they pretty much fall out when you stand up.


    omg Tricia that is a scary thought lol
    Joann thank you for showing me all the beautiful things in this world especially yourself!!!

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    I only had one child and found the experience so bad and so traumatising I swore I would never do it again and I didnt Soooo many people said to me "Oh you'll forget and have another and in time it wont seem so bad" etc etc...but there was NO WAY I was ever EVER going to go through that again.

    Yet other women like my cousin can just drop them like rabbits...they say they'd have loads and its not "so bad".

    I guess the experience is just so different for different women.
    Rest in Peace Baby P xx


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    My paternal great grandmother had 18 children with no twins or triplets among them. They were all healthy and all survived to adulthood. My grandfather, born circa 1915, was the oldest and my mother (his first child of five) has an aunt who is younger than her. From what I've been told the eldest all helped with the younger ones. It must have been very hard for her raising them in a little country town.

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    Your Grandmother was a great woman. Lord only knows how they managed back then without all the mod cons we have now. I applaud them.
    Rest in Peace Baby P xx

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    Thanks, Ciara. Her name was Alice. I only wish I'd met her.

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    I've given birth to 5 kids-worst and longest labor was baby #4, and most painful was baby #5. Course, she weighed almost 10 lbs and was born within an hour of getting to the hospital, so it was a bit fast and furious...

    Seriously, each labor and delivery was different. I didn't have any drugs with #1 or #5, epidurals with #2, 3 and 4, and #4 was an all day long ordeal and the smallest baby of the bunch. So no, it doesn't get easier with time-plus you are thinking about eerything you'll have to do when you get home!

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    so true, it doesn't get easier... 1st baby , I did have an epidural

    6 pushes and she was out...... 2nd and it seemed I pushed forever

    but with no medication...did take longer... bur neither were big babies

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