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Multiple births – Part 2


As we saw last week, multiple births are uncommon. When they occur, the vast majority result in twins. Triplets are more rare than twins, quadruplets are more rare than triplets, etc.

The expanded use of fertility drugs beginning in the late 20th century increased greatly the instances of multiple births and the number of children conceived at one time.

An Iowa couple, Kenny and Bobbi McCaughy, had seven babies (four boys and three girls) at once in 1997. All are still alive.

Then in 1998, a Texas couple named Iyke Udobi and Nkem Chukwu became the parents of octuplets – six girls and two...

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