Youngest mother ever reported
The youngest mother ever is reported was a five-year-old girl in Peru called Lina Medina. She gave birth to a baby boy by C-section in May 1939. Her father took her to hospital with an abnormal growth to her abdomen and tests found she was seven months pregnant. The father was arrested for incest and the baby survived. Medical history revealed she’d been having regular periods from the age of three.
The biggest baby ever born
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest baby ever born weighed 23.12 lb (10.8 kg) and died 11 hours after birth. The baby was born to Canadian Anna Bates in 1879.
Smallest baby ever survived
The smallest surviving baby ever born is tiny Rumaisa Shaik. She weighed just 8.6 oz and was only 10 inches long when she was born on September 17, 2004. Rumaisa and her twin sister Hiba were delivered by C-section 14 weeks early at just 26 weeks' gestation after their mother, Mahajabeen Shaik, developed pre-eclampsia, which caused her dangerously high blood pressure.
The most children ever delivered by one woman
A Russian woman who was known only as ‘the wife of Feodor Vassilyev’ from the village of Shuya, reportedly gave birth to 69 children in the 18th century during 27 pregnancies. She popped out 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four quadruplets.
Octuplets born in 5 minutes
In January, Nayda Guiterrez gave birth to octuplets in just five minutes in California, only the second time in history octuplets have survived more than a few hours. The six boys and two girls were delivered in just five minutes by Caesarean section, weighing between 1lb 8oz and 3lb 4oz.
First pregnant man
In June last year, the world’s first pregnant man, Thomas Beatie, gave birth to baby girl Tracy Lagondino in America. The thirty-four-year-old man was designated as a girl at birth, and had a sex change 10 years ago, receiving hormone treatment and getting his breasts removed. He kept his reproductive organs because his wife Nancy had a hysterectomy in the 1980s.
Identical quadruplets Preana, Audreana, Natalie, and Melody Khamsa were delivered just minutes after midnight on March 27, 2002, in California to couple Ornsee Khamsa and Verek Muy. The girls are genetically identical, originating from a single egg fertilized by a single sperm, doctors said. Although there are about 500 sets of quadruplets born in the US every year, hospital officials estimated the birth of identical quadruplets happens only once in 11 million deliveries.
Two sets identical twins
In March 2004, a Texas woman gave birth to two sets of identical twin boys. The boys were named Jacob and Jacoby, Jason and Justin, and weighed between 2lbs 5 oz and 3 lbs 4oz. Proud mother Sheryl McGowen, 35, had been through years of fertility treatments. In a very rare occurrence, the two eggs implanted inside her both split in two – making the planned twins quadruplets.
Longest human cryopreservation
In May 2003, twins were born in Jerusalem from 12-year-old frozen embryos. It’s reported to be the longest human cryopreservation. The boy and girl born weighed five pounds each.
Sextuplets born in one minute
The Hanselman sextuplets were born in just one minute in Ohio in February 2004 to Jennifer, 29, and Keith, 30. Isabella Jean weighed 2 lbs 10 oz, Sophia Ivy 1 lb 9 oz, Kyle Allen 2 lbs 6 oz, Logan James 2 lbs 8 oz, Alex Edwin 2 lbs 8 oz and Lucy Arlene 2 lbs 1 oz.