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Ultra-Orthodox grandmother gives birth to her 20TH child

An ultra-Orthadox 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 (stock image)

42-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish grandmother gives birth to her 20th child in Jerusalem (but she still has a long way to go to break the record of 69 set by an 18th-century Russian peasant)

  • An unnamed 42-year-old man rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem
  • Gran spent 14 years of her life waiting and gave birth 19 times
  • But she still has 49 children to do if she wants to break the world record

An ultra-Orthadox 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 man was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem after giving birth on Wednesday.

Nurses were left in awe as the unassuming woman revealed she was already a 20-year-old mother and this was her 19th pregnancy.

The grandmother spent a total of 14 years of her life waiting and gave birth 19 times, including a set of twins.

An ultra-Orthadox 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 (stock image)

An ultra-Orthadox 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 (stock image)

But she still has a long way to go if she wants to beat the current world record held by an 18th-century Russian peasant.

The wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707-c1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia, gave birth to 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

However, this Jewish grandmother gets her money’s worth, having already spent 14 years of her life pregnant.

Speaking to hospital staff, she admitted that her eldest children are now starting families of their own.

Midwife Aliza Altmark told The Times of Israel that the woman was preparing for childbirth when the mother revealed she already had 19 children – including a set of twins – from 18 previous births.

The unnamed 42-year-old was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem (above) after giving birth on Wednesday

The unnamed 42-year-old was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem (above) after giving birth on Wednesday

Altmark said the mother was calm and relaxed and the labor lasted a few hours, longer than the woman’s previous births.

“She was very excited about every birth, every child, even the 19th and 20th,” Altmark told the newspaper. ‘It also gave me a good feeling. She has sons-in-law and daughters-in-law and, of course, she has a lot of help around the house.

The hospital said the baby boy was born naturally and without complications.

According to the Guinness World Record website, the most prolific mother was Mrs. Vassilyeva, an 18th-century Russian peasant who produced 69 children.

During 27 deliveries, the Vassilyeva gave birth to 16 sets of remarkable twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

THE WOMAN WHO HAD 69 CHILDREN

Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707 – c. 1782), a peasant woman from Shuya, Russia, is said to have had 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.

Numerous contemporary sources exist, which suggest that this seemingly unlikely story is true.

The case was reported to Moscow by the Nikolsk Monastery on February 27, 1782, which had registered all births. It should be noted that at this time only two of the children born in the period c. 1725-1765 did not survive their childhood.

Aside from her fertility, not much is known about Ms Vasiliev, although it is thought she lived to be 76.

The Guinness Book of World Records reports that this historic record should be taken with a grain of salt, but adds that it is conceivable that the 69-year-old mother may have had a genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate.

This would have allowed her to release multiple eggs in one cycle, greatly increasing the chances of having twins or multiple children.

Nor is it impossible for a woman to have 27 pregnancies during her fertile years.

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