Ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother, 42, gives birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem
- The unnamed 42-year-old was taken to Ein Kerem Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem
- Gran has spent 14 years of her life expecting and has given birth to a child 19 times
- But she still has 49 more children to walk 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 beating the Guinness World Record.
The unnamed 42-year-old was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem after going into labor on Wednesday.
Nurses were left open-mouthed as the modest woman revealed she was already a mother of 20 and this was her 19th pregnancy.
The grandmother expected a total of 14 years of her life and gave birth 19 times, including a pair of twins.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother has given birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem – but she still has a long way to go before beating the Guinness World Record (stock image)
But she still has a long way to go if she wants to break the current world record, held by an 18th-century Russian peasant woman.
The wife of Feodor Wassiljew (b. 1707–circa 1782), a farmer from Shuya, Russia, gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven pairs of triplets and four pairs of quadruplets.
However, this Jewish grandmother thwarts her plans after spending 14 years of her life pregnant.
Speaking to hospital staff, she admitted that her eldest children are now starting to have families of their own.
Midwife Aliza Altmark told The Times of Israel the woman was preparing for the birth as the mother revealed she already had 19 children – including a pair of twins – from 18 previous births.
The unnamed 42-year-old was taken 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 20th,” Altmark told the newspaper. “That also gave me a good feeling. She has sons-in-law and daughters-in-law and of course she has a lot of help at home.’
The hospital said the baby boy was born naturally with no complications.
According to the Guinness World Records website, the most prolific mother was Mrs. Vassilyeva, an 18th-century Russian peasant who produced 69 children.
During 27 labor pains, Vasilyeva gave birth to a remarkable 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.
THE WOMAN WHO HAD 69 CHILDREN
Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev (born 1707 – ca. 1782), a peasant woman from Shuya, Russia, is said to have had 16 pairs of twins, seven pairs of triplets and four pairs of quadruplets.
There are numerous contemporary sources that suggest this seemingly improbable 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 at this time only two of the children born in period c. 1725–65 did not survive their infancy.
Apart from her fertility, not much is known about Mrs. Vassilyev, although it is believed that she lived to be 76 years old.
The Guinness Book of World Records reports that this historic record should be taken with a pinch of salt, but adds it is conceivable that the mother, aged 69, may have had a genetic predisposition to excessive 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 in her reproductive years.