Being a parent takes a lot of courage, strength, patience, and selflessness – and this group is so extraordinary.
The smallest mom to ever give birth: 2’4″ tall
Stacy Herald stands two-feet, four-inches tall, has osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease), and has given birth to three children.
2. The world’s first-known man to give birth: Thomas Beatie.
Thomas Beatie has three children and is an advocate for transgender fertility and reproductive rights. In 2008, Beatie was the first male to successfully give birth. Beatie was born a female and began his transition at age 23. Thomas decided, however, to keep his reproductive organs.
4. Most children to survive a single birth: eight.
Yep, that would be Octomom – Nadya Suleman. In 2009 that she gave birth to six boys and two girls.
5. Oldest first-time mother: 70 years.
In 2008, Rajo Devi Lohan gave birth to her first child at age 70. Along with her husband, Baba Ram, the couple said they waited over 40 years to have a child. Their daughter, Naveen Lohan, was born through IVF.
6. First test tube mother: Lesley Brown.
Lesley Brown of Great Britain gave birth to the first successful test tube baby – Louise Joy Brown in July of 1978. The embryo was implanted in Lesley in November of 1977. Since then, the process now know as in vitro fertilization has helped millions of parents who struggle with fertility have children.
7. Longest time gap between the birth of twins in the womb: four months.
Twins Amy and Katie Jones-Elliot were born nearly four months apart in 2012. Maria Jones–Elliott’s contractions stopped after she gave birth to Amy in June of 2012. Since Amy was born so prematurely, doctors determined it was safer to keep Katie in the womb longer. She was born four months later in August.