Ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother, 42, gives birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem (but she still has a long way to go to beat the record of 69 by 18th-century Russian peasant woman)
- Unnamed 42-year-old rushed to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem Ker
- Grandma expected 14 years of her life 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 long way to go before breaking the Guinness World Record.
The unnamed 42-year-old was rushed to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem after she gave birth on Wednesday.
Nurses were left open-mouthed when the humble woman revealed she was already a mother of 20 and this was her 19th pregnancy.
The grandmother has expected a total of 14 years of her life and has given birth 19 times, including twins.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother has given birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem – but she still has a way to go before she beats the Guinness World Record (stock image)
But she still has a long way to go if she is to beat the current world record of an 18th-century Russian peasant woman.
The wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707-c1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia, gave birth to 16 twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.
But 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 oldest children were now starting their own families.
Midwife Aliza Altmark told: The times of Israel the woman in preparation 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 she gave birth 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 and daughters-in-law, and of course she has a lot of help around the house.’
The hospital said the baby was born naturally and without 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, Vassilyeva gave birth to a remarkable 16 twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.
THE WOMAN WHO HAS 69 CHILDREN
Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev (born 1707-ca.1782), a farmer from Shuya, Russia, is said to have had 16 twins, seven triplets and four quadruplets.
There are numerous contemporaneous sources that suggest 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 should be noted that by this time only two of the children born in the period c. 1725-1765 failed to survive their infancy.
Aside from her fertility, not much is known about Ms. Vassilyev, although she is believed to have reached the age of 76.
The Guinness Book of Records reports that this historic record should be taken with a grain of salt, but adds that it’s conceivable that the mother of 69 had a genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulation.
This would have allowed 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.