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Sextuplets born to Houston mom
Most sextuplets, like this baby born in 2005 in Monterrey, Mexico, are born premature and weigh less than 3 pounds.
April 24th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Sextuplets born to Houston mom

A Houston woman is the new mom of three girls and three boys on Monday, according to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Lauren Perkins was 30 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to sextuplets at 10:26 a.m. by C-section. The smallest of the six babies weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces at birth while the biggest was 2 pounds, 15 ounces.

Mom and her babies - the family has not released their names - are in stable condition, according to the family’s website.

On the website, Perkins and her husband, David, said they had tried for 18 months to get pregnant without success, and doctors weren't sure why they were having trouble. So the couple tried intra-uterine insemination and found out two weeks later that Lauren was pregnant.  When she underwent an ultrasound examination it was apparent sextuplets were on the way.

A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday that they didn’t have any updates on the family’s condition - although they're expected to hold a news conference in a few days.

The birth of five babies or more is extremely rare in the United States.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on 2009 births, (PDF) there were 80 cases that year, 95% of which were born before 32 weeks.

The report says the trend has been for fewer “triplet/+” births since the figure peaked in 1998 at 193 per 100,000 births. There were about 4.13 million births in 2009.

Heather Carroll, an Alabama woman gave birth to sextuplets - five girls and one boy - last Father’s Day.

Those births closely followed the births of three girls and three boys to a Pennsylvania couple, Stacey and Brendan Carey.

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  1. CatastropheCathy

    That's a whole lot of work ahead of them. Raising one kid at a time is hard enough but now there are six and likely to have health problems due to the early birth. I wish them all the best but I wish people would question invitro more. Having that many at once is not healthy

    April 24, 2012 at 12:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ms. Monet

      They didnt use invitro. Did you read the article before leaving such a condemning comment? Please do.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
    • stulpinfamily

      In response to CatastropheCathy ..... she didn't have invitro. She did a procedure called Intra-uterine insemination (IUI) which is very different from IVF.

      As for health problems....the babies have a great chance of being perfectly healthy in that their birth weights are pretty stable for the amount of babies and the gestation. In this day and age preemies have a higher chance of survival with little to no long term health risks because of the extensive monitoring that I'm sure the mother had during her pregnancy.

      Let's all try to be nice here. Babies, no matter how many, are a blessing and this family has been blessed x6. Yes, they have a lot of work ahead of them but let's not bring them down before they even get to take them home and parent them.

      Congrats to the family on their six beautiful blessings. May their road through the NICU be short and uncomplicated. ❤

      April 24, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
    • JaydenRiley

      Invitro (IVF) is not the same as intra-uterine insemination (IUI). IUI is usually accompanied by fertility medications that stimulate more egg production. Where IVF is where the embryo is created outside the body and transferred back to the uterus. Typically with IVF, only 1 or 2 embryos are returned the the uterus depending on how "strong" they look. This means the likely potential for 0-2 babies. IUI on the other hand, can stimulate a woman's body to release 0-20+ eggs, which means the potential for 0-20+ babies. It just depends how many of those eggs are reach by sperm and fertilized. So it's not Invitro that needs to be questioned, but the fertility clinic/doctor who treated this couple.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:05 | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      If she had done in vitro, she likely never would have gotten pregnant with sextuplets. I don't know of any reputable clinic that will transfer that many embryos. The standard is to transfer one or two to avoid high risk multiples.

      I do question the monitoring she underwent for this IUI, though. Generally a woman will be monitoried via ultrasound (and sometimes bloodwork) to track how many mature follicles she has prior to an IUI. Doctors usually won't perform the insemination if there's a high number of mature follicles.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:08 | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      Octomom begged the Dr to put 12 embryos in her, 8 took and yes he lost his license.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:38 | Report abuse |
    • amomwith2kids

      i had iui with my first child. They preformed an ultrasound and said their were only 2 follicles present. They would not have done the procedure had there been more than 3. So i agree that they may not have had an ultrasound before the procedure was done. (and i only had one baby) but good luck to mom and dad they will need it~

      April 24, 2012 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • PoBoy

      In-vitro, intra-uterine, it's all the same thing. Artificially impregnating a women with more eggs than naturally possible and then having them give birth to more babies then they can handle, and which the rest of us are going to pay for.

      April 24, 2012 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • amomwith2kids

      poboy just proved his intelligence. thanks

      April 24, 2012 at 15:26 | Report abuse |
  2. JPat

    Now THIS is child abuse. Some people are unbelievably selfish.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Redhead

      I agree.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:47 | Report abuse |
    • aerosgrl

      Really, how so?

      April 24, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
    • Mona

      Completely agree

      April 24, 2012 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      The world is going to run out of resources to support the amount of people we are putting on it. 4 Generations from now, the Duggers will have populated a small city on their own.

      Replace yourselves and adopt the ones that need it.

      People are the worst.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:06 | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      JPat – I don't believe the goal of the IUI was to produce 6 babies. Once that happens, it is against some people's beliefs to selectively reduce. We do not know this family's beliefs, situation, or thought processes.

      The goal of IUI and IVF is almost always to produce 1, maybe 2 healthy babies. Clearly, that doesn't always work as planned. But before you lash out with ignorance and disrespect, arm yourself with information for Pete's sake.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • z9lcooper

      uhm... "selfish"?! do you think they PLANNED to have 6??? ...especially at once??

      April 24, 2012 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
    • Kriss Greenn

      JPat please show me how this is child abuse. Look up the states (Texas in this case) laws and regulations on what is concidered abuse. no matter how you feel about this, it's not abuse. The babies are healthy and stable and being cared for, sorry but that is not abuse. Now, like the majority of the commenters here, I don't agree with multiple births unless they are totally natural (no outside help or drugs).

      April 24, 2012 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • susan smith

      So if I conceived 6 children naturally you would consider me a child abuser? I don't get that line of thought? Don't judge. They might be the most loving caring parents in the world – you don't know their finacial position. Where do you get off calling them abusers?

      April 24, 2012 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      "I don't believe the goal of the IUI was to produce 6 babies. Once that happens, it is against some people's beliefs to selectively reduce. We do not know this family's beliefs, situation, or thought processes. "

      So it's okay to play God and side-step normal reproduction in defiance of God's wishes for you, but not okay to selectively reduce because "it's God's will?" Makes perfect sense to me.

      We are screwed as a species so long as the rights of the individual trump the needs of our race.

      April 24, 2012 at 14:52 | Report abuse |
    • Chgo T

      COMPLETELY agree! Over populating the planet for STARTERS! If folks want to provide a home for children – ADOPT! There are SO SO SO many children that need homes! WHY WHY WHAY bring more people onto this planet so selfishly?

      April 24, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • goingcrazy

      @Bryan - seriously - so stupid. Are YOU out there adopting? I am going to take a wild guess and say, "NO?"

      April 24, 2012 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
  3. Lsar

    Congrats and I hope they are all healthy and survive! But I hope we do not have any more reality tv shows in the future!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ms. Monet

    For all of you so quick to pass judgement and condemn invitro fertilization, read the article and educate yourselves. They didn't even use IVF. They went with artificial insemination. Do you know what that means??? You should find out.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JaydenRiley

      Ms. Monet – You are absolutely right, and I just replied to one of these people. It's clear that people who are unfamiliar with a topic are quick to judge. People need to educate themselves about a situation before they pass judgement.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
    • amomwith2kids

      agreed. and these people that say adopt have probably never had to go through the heart wrenching experience of trying over and over to get pregnant and nothing happening. 99% of people want to have a child of their own, even many who adopt have children of their own. All these people saying they need to adopt, should go out and adopt a few instead of just spewing it on a website.

      April 24, 2012 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
  5. SLC

    Plenty of babies that need adopting.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chgo T

      EXACTY!!!

      April 24, 2012 at 15:45 | Report abuse |
    • goingcrazy

      Then YOU go find 30 to 40 grand and adopt!!!

      April 24, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
  6. Cletus

    More proof that we do things bigger and better in Texas.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Cletus

    I would love for someone to explain how this is "selfish" in any way.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Max in NY

      If you really need an explanation then you don't keep up with current events. The earth is at 7billion people and our natural resources are stretched to the limit. 2 or 3 kid limit...thanks.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:13 | Report abuse |
    • Cletus

      I'd call that an overreaction.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
  8. Cletus

    Uh, idk, maybe the parents?

    April 24, 2012 at 13:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. aerosgrl

    No it's not cute... Its Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. IVF mom

    I am an IVF mom and I find this story horrifying. First of all, her doctor was extremely irresponsible, allowing her to go through an IUI with that many follicles available. My doctors never would have allowed that. An IVF would have been more controlled. I wish them all the best, but just wow. Even after going through years of treatments and ups and downs that finally resulted in my twins, I believe that there should be strict requirements followed as well as a financial test. Can you afford to raise children, are you emotionally stable enough to do so, have you thought about child care, working, health insurance, etc.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cletus

      You mean like China? No thanks.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:13 | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Do you know how many follicles were mature at their pre-IUI ultrasound? No you don't, so you shouldn't assume anything.

      April 24, 2012 at 20:49 | Report abuse |
    • IVF mom

      Obviously there were at least 6 since no where in the article does it mention that any of the babies are identical. I wish them the best of luck, they will likely need it between their early arrival and low birth weight. I just think the doctor is extremely negligent in allowing an IUI to take place with that many follicles present. The ideal situation for an IUI is 3 follicles. Any more than that and the cycle should have been converted to an IVF or cancelled. And YES, I do know all of this after having gone through years of treatments myself. Even at my most desperate to get pregnant, I, myself, wouldn't have gone through an IUI with 6+ mature follicles even if the doctor gave me the green light.

      April 25, 2012 at 08:54 | Report abuse |
  11. Bryan

    The world is going to run out of resources to support the amount of people we are putting on it. 4 Generations from now, the Duggers will have populated a small city on their own.

    Replace yourselves and adopt the ones that need it.

    People are the worst.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • aerosgrl

      Wow... there are far more people to rant to about the over population... you could help us all out and take ur self out of it!!!!

      April 24, 2012 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
    • Alexx

      Bryan is right. I've gone even one step further. I have a high IQ and am healthy, but decided to adopt to do my part reduce the world population. Over population is hands down the #1 world problem. Unfortunately the people contributing to the problem are passing on their "blind" genes.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • Chgo T

      Thank you Bryan & thank you Alex! Could not agree more with both of you! aerosgrl......you're out of line and need to face the reality of our over populated planet!

      April 24, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
    • aerosgrl

      Chgo T as you could read I am not out of touch with over population of this world but I believe there are MANY more places that should be looked at first before jumping on these parents. Not like they went into the doc and said hey I want 6 children. As doctors have explained that even with fertility treatments, having sextuplets is extremely rare.

      April 24, 2012 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
  12. Cletus

    I hope they have more.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. amelia c

    What mean spirited people you are who complain about multiple births. What did this couple ever do to you? Is it jealousy? Congratulations to them on the successul births of 6 beautiful babies!

    April 24, 2012 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Nikki

    I am happy for the family and shocked that so many people are responding negatively. This is a couple who tried to have kids and resorted to artificial insemination. In other words for some of you crazies (this means that they used an instrument to inject sperm into the woman to give her a better chance of conceiving since sometimes the cause of infertility can be challenges that sperm might face while trying to reach an egg). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCdIiLLF0vw
    In this case, she might have had multiple eggs naturally present (since some women release more than one egg during ovulation), and it resulted in sextuplets.
    I am happy for the family and the mother did great to be able to go as far as 30 weeks. I hope the family has a speedy recovery.
    For all those who think that she is selfish for bringing kids in the world, I sure hope you don’t have any because you will be just as selfish. You don’t know the financial status of this family to judge.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sarah

    Gotta wonder how they're gonna house these kids now. Doubt the government is gonna give them a 7 bedroom home -.-

    April 24, 2012 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Family Friend

      They don't need government support or housing. They are both college grads with very good jobs and insurance.

      April 24, 2012 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
  16. aerosgrl

    It was not her intent to have 6 children at once, it's just the way it happened, she is not asking for anything... what she has is beauiful.. I sure dont hope you have any issues having children of your own.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Baygood

    Wow, the are in for it, 6 babies, large, hugh responsibility emtionally and financially.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. LCA

    Whichever medical procedure used obviously needs to be perfected. This just seems irresponsible on the part of doctors. Six babies at once is way too many, tho' I do hope they are healthy and that their parents can afford to raise them. If not...here we go again.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Evangenital

    I hope I don't have to pay for these kids.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TR

      Chances are you are already footing the hospital bills.

      April 24, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • Family Friend

      Don't worry, neither of you is paying. They are both college grads with good jobs and insurance.

      April 24, 2012 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
    • Sophie

      Oh you better believe we are paying for it. Freaks like this are part of the reason our insurance is so high. To make up for these selfish media whoring losers.

      April 26, 2012 at 21:56 | Report abuse |
  20. Lila

    Zero issues for me. They knew what they were doing and they knew the risks. Anyone who loves kids wouldn't support people having litters of them.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. aerosgrl

    Again this was not their intent... so your saying people who cannot conceive children the natural way should never try anything else?? Even though having this many babies is extremely rare?

    April 24, 2012 at 13:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. ChristyinFL

    Congrats to the family. Prayers are with them. What's the problem, people? Only blacks and Hispanics allowed to have kid after kid? Maybe if all the illegals would get booted out, there would be room for all of the actual U.S. citizens.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Sunflower

    They only tried for 18 months??? Geeze... that's not really that long... Doc didn't check for # of mature egg folicles before the insemination?? This whole things sounds irresponsible all the way around...

    April 24, 2012 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brooke

      Infertility is defined as lack of coneption in 12 months (or 6 over the age of 35). It's not uncommon for a couple who goes for testing at 12 months to be into ther first or second IUi in 18 months.

      April 25, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
  24. Sandy

    Wow are you all doctors!!

    April 24, 2012 at 13:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alexx

      Not all Dr's, it's called common sense.
      I don't have to have a Phd. in gravity to figure out jumping of a cliff is a bad thing 🙂

      April 24, 2012 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
  25. azsmi

    All you haters out there: give this couple a chance to deal with all this. I assure you they are aware of the hardship they are facing as they had many months to prep for it. So chill out and get back to YOUR business!!! Why don't you use your time bettering yourself instead of criticizing others? Get a life and stop hating before your malice eats you from inside out...I wish this family good health, great strength, and much joy. Children are a true blessing!

    April 24, 2012 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Lila

    Personally I think there should be strict restrictions with fertility treatments. Ideally there should never be over 3(which is still risky) but stands a better chance of producing healthy children. They are happy to reach 30 weeks, it would have been better to a full term baby instead.

    April 24, 2012 at 13:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Michael

    These people here who say this couple are selfish are certifiable idiots! HOW is this selfish? Selfish to whom? Maybe they are in a position to raise and care for 6 babies. Not every set of parents who give birth to multiples are Octomoms! Get all of your facts straight before you go assuming anything!

    April 24, 2012 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. arand

    I do not understand why OBs and still implanting more than 2 embryos, knowing the risk posed to the mother, the infants and the cost to our medical system. No wonder we cannot provide health insurance to everyone, some families are using up millions! and yes, I do believe that keeping these babies in the NICU for however long they will need, with all of the complications that can accompany their prematurity will cost millions. Maybe the OBs that make a choice to implant so many should be responsible for paying for the extra.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mandy

      First off you have no clue what your talking about. They did IUI so they didnt implant embryos. They went to an RE not an OB. Before leaving comments you might want to know what your talking about first.

      April 25, 2012 at 15:15 | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      Actually, Mandy, it doesn't say anywhere here or on their webisite that they worked with an RE. I would be willng to bet quite a bit of money they went to an OB who just gave them drugs and didnt monitor them properly.

      April 25, 2012 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
  29. Wendy Jane

    Even a dog doesn't have these many offspring in a litter. This is what happens when you mess with natural reproduction. Yes, intra-uterine insemination is still messing with nature.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mac

      I take it you haven't had any infertility issues... would you really condemn a woman who desperately wants to have children by telling her not to "mess with natural reproduction", when modern medicine will help??

      April 24, 2012 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
    • Chgo T

      Yes, Mac – I certainly would! ADOPT! PLENTY of kids already on the planet that need loving homes!

      April 24, 2012 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Chgo t- adoption huh? Have you looked into the price of that? $30k-$40k and after being promised a baby you have it ripped from your arms by the birth parents, you lose the money and have to start from scratch. Most people don't have that kind of money laying around which is why there are so many children up for adoption in the first place.

      April 25, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
  30. DoubleEM

    6, no really, 6? Why not two? OK – three...
    Can you imagine how much attention and parents time LESS each child will get...

    April 24, 2012 at 14:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Megan

    Wow, I swear people will find the negative in EVERYTHING! Obviously this family isnt living off the government if they were paying for fertility treatments. GET OVER YOURSELVES

    April 24, 2012 at 14:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • silly2

      Octomom paid for treatments too!

      April 24, 2012 at 14:40 | Report abuse |
  32. adualism

    If you can raise your children in comfort, with love for all, and have them be of substantially above intelligence, health and moral character, have as many as you want.

    Seriously.

    We need more healthy, intelligent, morally upright people.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. C57

    Obviously more than just artificial insemination going on, to produce 6.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Well Then

    I suppose as long as they can afford the babies and aren't going to ask for handouts, then it's really no ones place to comment on the number of children they had. On a side note, It's a little crazy that the doctor would use medicine to promote ovary stimulation at such an early point in time. 18 months of trying?!? For someone who's wanting a baby that might be a long time but it seems a little premature for the doctor to go straight to that as the article makes little mention of what other testing was done prior.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mac

      Standard for women under 40 is 1 year of trying to conceive naturally, I believe that over age 40 it is only 6 months of trying before they will do fertility testing and treatments. If you've tried 18 times to do it the old-fashioned way, then obviously something isn't working so why not check it out and try a different route? Nothing wrong with that...

      April 24, 2012 at 14:43 | Report abuse |
  35. bronson2014

    wonderful, can't wait to pay for the healthcare of all these kids in one form or another

    April 24, 2012 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bronson2014

      actually im in med school bub. cant wait to take care of yours and not get paid for it

      April 24, 2012 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Yeah right....oh and I have insurance and I take care of my own thanks....

      April 24, 2012 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • bronson2014

      that's wonderful for you.

      April 24, 2012 at 14:35 | Report abuse |
  36. Michael

    It's called insurance....maybe you should invest in some yourself?

    April 24, 2012 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Tex71

    Anyone using fertility drugs should be ineligible for any kind of government assistance. Prescribing doctor should be liable for half of any health care expenses.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. silly2

    Resource hogs!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Wendy Jane

    It's disgusting that the medical community is allowed to help women have litters of kids but people are so against stem cell research, which could possibly cure diseases and save lives.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Marisol

    Congratulations!! I pray that they are healthy..My Quints were born at 26 1/2 weeks and are all healthy and doing well..Enjoy your children.. Don't listen to these idiots.. The have nothing better than to criticize and complain and I bet they consider themselves Christians.. God bless you all..

    April 24, 2012 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bronson2014

      don't worry i'll take care of the bill

      April 24, 2012 at 14:54 | Report abuse |
    • Marisol

      Oh honey don't worry about my children and my bills. We are well taken care of. I don't see your name on any of my bills, but if you are so concerned about my affairs I would gladly forward my bills to you. God bless. 🙂

      April 24, 2012 at 15:25 | Report abuse |
  41. Kim

    You don;t get this many with ivf. Doc did a poor job with medicated iui this is how kate + 8 had hers. they give you meds to produce multiple eggs then inject husbands sperm right around ovulation – how ever if you have more than 2 or 3 eggs brewimg they cancel cycle. No way she should have had iui with 6 eggs

    April 24, 2012 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. graciegal

    The Duggars + Math

    Let me just show you some math that may help us see things a little differently, in terms of ecological sustainability:

    The Duggars have 19 children.

    Let's hypothesis that each of those 19 children goes on to have 4 children (a random choice, and maybe a low number given they are used to larger family sizes).

    The first generation = 19

    The second generation = 19 * 4 = 76 people

    Now let's say that those 76 individuals also have 4 children.

    The third generation = 76 * 4 = 304

    So from that family of 19, two generations later there are 304 people being sustained by the earth's resources.

    Now let's look at, say, my family, for example:

    I plan to have 2 children, to replace myself and my husband so:

    First generation = 2

    Let's say my children also have 2 children, since that's what they are used to.

    Second generation = 2 * 2 = 4

    And the generation that follows, also 2:

    Third generation = 4 * 2 = 8

    My family line, by having just 2 children, expands to 8 people in the third generation.

    304 (Duggars) versus 8 (Me)

    We can't just think of this generation, but we must think of the affect our choices have on future generations to come.

    Let's do two more generations:

    304 * 4 = 1216 people
    8*4= 32 people

    1216 * 4 = 4864 people
    32* 2 = 64

    Wow.......

    April 24, 2012 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mona

      Holy cow, the diagram of the Duggars looks like the one they used to show cat owners to convince them to fix their pets.

      April 24, 2012 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • ZERO POPULATION GROWTH

      We will be inundated with Duggars. Our planet is becoming unsustainable now. That is how we will all die. No natural resources, not enough food supply, water will become scarce...etc...etc. You see my point. The earth will heal itself after we are gone. It won't really be the Duggars fault, of course, but all those damn people that will be around.

      April 24, 2012 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Why not keep going with this?

      After 20 generations there will be 5,222,680,231,936 Duggars! Of course being that they know how to take care of their own and don't have any bills and have money in the bank maybe things will be better!

      April 24, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
  43. Really People

    I myself would count these babies as blessings. I went through IUI as well. I had the ultrasounds done before insemination and you know what I had two follicles and when I found out I was pregnant it was with quads. The eggs seperated and caused the four. So you can't predict everything. Also some insurance companies will not pay for ultrasounds before this procedure and you have to pay out of pocket. It took us over 6 cycles before we finally had children. This woman is lucky she carried all six to 30 weeks. I lost two of mine 3 mos into my pregnancy and gave birth two the other 2 at six months. I love my two little boys and wouldn't trade them for the world. If I would had selective reduction done I could have lost them all. So Congrats to the mother and father of the six.

    April 24, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. positivelysarcastic

    Huh, I really don't understand the negative comments. The way I see it, no one questions your sex life and sexual health, why should you question theirs? They made the best decision for their family. Not yours. We don't know what was going through their minds. Congratulations, from a mother of twin boys. Your life will never be the same again! And just for all you critics, my twins were natural, we are white, have insurance, and do our part to protect the environment. See how incredibly ridiculous you all are?

    April 24, 2012 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ZERO POPULATION GROWTH

      everybody, just about, loves babies. It is when they grow up and breed like rabbits in a world that has barley enough room for those that are here now. This might have been questionable judgement, I don't know, but I do know there is just to damn many of us now.

      April 24, 2012 at 15:45 | Report abuse |
  45. CA

    The only way this would be news worthy is if the woman had the sextuplets naturally. This case is just science run amuck, just like octomom....different procedure, but same result. Hey, my dog had six puppies naturally. Sheesh. Media glamorizing this stuff again and again.

    April 24, 2012 at 15:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sophie

      EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there is NOTHING natural or miraculous about this!!!!!!! I'm so sick of reading about these people and their litter of kids sucking up my healthcare. THEY should be required to pay all the medical bills associated with having a litter of kids. SICKENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      April 26, 2012 at 22:02 | Report abuse |
  46. Elizabeth

    Shame on those of you who judge couples who struggle with infertility. My husband and I were "responsible" and transferred two embryos. One spontaneously divided into identical twins, and all three implanted. We are blessed to have them, and your tax dollars are not paying for them in any form. What is it with people seeming to think they solely support everything funded by taxes with the comparatively tiny amount they pay each year, anyway? Get over it.

    Humanity is arrogant to think it can create life. It can join a sperm and an egg, but it cannot control whether or not fertilization is successful. It cannot control whether an new embryo grows to a stage at which it may be transferred to its mother. It cannot make an embryo implant inside its mother's uterus. It plays no part in the millions of cell divisions and physiological processes required for that embryo to grow into a baby, or whether or not that baby will grow to a state of viability outside its mother's womb. To think otherwise is arrogance at its finest.

    April 24, 2012 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kathy

      @ Elizabeth, Did you read the article???? Shame on you....On the website, Perkins and her husband, David, said they had tried for 18 months to get pregnant without success, and doctors weren't sure why they were having trouble. 18 mths is NOTHING and Does Not mean they have infetility problems!!!! They have alot of testing before they do these kind of test.... Normally Doctors start w/ Clomid....

      April 24, 2012 at 15:26 | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Kathy- How do you know they didn't try Clomid? Don't assume things you don't know about. Women are diagnosed with infertility after a year of trying naturally without success. If you found yourself unable to have children, I'm sure you would do whatever means possible.. don't judge

      April 24, 2012 at 20:57 | Report abuse |
  47. Kathy

    What doctor or couple would use intra-uterine insemination after ONLY trying for 18mths and w/ a doctor not seeing problems?????? Someone wants a tv show???? Hope the babies are healthy!!!! And I'm a mother of a son and natural triplet girls....My son take 3yrs to conceive(naturally) There was zero talk to use fertility treatments and if we were to try infertility we would have tried CLOMID 50mgs....This couple went straight to serious infertility and they are 30......Hope they have GOOD JOBS!!!!MULTIPLES ARE EXPENSIVE!!!! IF YOU DECIDE TO HAVE THEM YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO PAY FOR THEM and not TO EXPECT HANDOUTS!!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      So every couple going through this procedure should do as you did? Maybe the doctor realized that Clomid was not the best route for this couple. Are you a doctor?

      April 24, 2012 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Kathy are you serious? Just because they are 30 doesn't mean they can't have problems having a baby. If you did your research you would know after a year of being unsuccessful you might need help. I'm 28 and without the help of medicine I would NEVER get pregnant because I do NOT ovulate on my own. My husband is 31 and after being tested he has no sperm so trying for 3 years like you did would NEVEar work for us either.

      April 25, 2012 at 15:02 | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      Clearly, you've never heard of UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY, which affects 10% of infertile couples. http://www.resolve.org

      April 25, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Brooke, clearly she is just plain ignorant.

      April 25, 2012 at 20:05 | Report abuse |
  48. Jeff

    Hopefully these babies fare better than Octomom's ATM's. The octuplets are three and barely can speak. Still aren't potty trained. Are slack jawed, little zombies. And worst of all they are, for good reason, scared of their mom. Good luck Perkins babies, sounds like your parents might actually love you.

    April 24, 2012 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ellgee209

      Shame on you. Her name is Nadya and she has 8 beautiful children from that birth and six others. How can you make fun of children. That is sick.

      April 24, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
    • aa

      i totally agree with you. these things (babies) are doomed from the beginning. people are so stupid when it comes to children. we should not celebrate octuplets or sextuplets...we should find out why and try to prevent it from happening again. the octuplets mom is a complete waste of life that brought 8 more lives into this world that will be burdens. life isn't a miracle because miracles are rare. life is what happens, all the time.

      April 24, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Sadly, I'm just accurately and objectively describing their developmental issues. They are developmentally delayed by all standards. The children are innocent victims. Who said anything about fun?

      April 24, 2012 at 23:06 | Report abuse |
    • joyce

      A year and a half? That is not a long time to try. Now they will get more than they bargained for. No one mother can care for that many babies. That is like a daycare.

      April 24, 2012 at 23:49 | Report abuse |
    • abortionist's providers

      Here we go again advertising our insensivity and stupidity all-over CNN.

      Killing unborn child is a good money business.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:29 | Report abuse |
    • abortionist's providers

      *a good money-making business, rather!

      April 25, 2012 at 10:35 | Report abuse |
  49. Stevee

    For those of u saying an IUI is the same as IVF are so wrong it's not even funny!!
    I had one in 2009.here it is in a nutshell,They already have your husbands sperm washed,and ready in a catheter.
    U are put in stirrups,opened up like u would have a pap smear,then the catheter filled with your husbands sperm is inserted.
    Now,does that sound like IVF? I didn't think so.

    April 24, 2012 at 15:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • llene Bilenky

      I think the woman would have had to be on some sort of ovarian stimulants to have six eggs fertilized (or several, anyway, if any split). How many millions in NICU do these births cost, and who is paying for it?

      April 24, 2012 at 18:12 | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      If not monitored properly, IUI is even more likely to result in higher-order multiples than IVF. The vast majority of women undergoing IUI are also undergoing ovarian stimulation, resulting in the production of more eggs. It's my understanding that most infertility specialists won't perform the insemination if there are more than two or three mature eggs present, but some have a higher limit. IUI is no more "responsible" than IVF, so please educate yourselves about these subjects before commenting on them. That said, infertility is both a personal and painful journey. I have been through it, and it was devastating. We were eventually blessed with triplets (identical sons and daughter) with the assistance of IVF. They were only three weeks premature, and all three are healthy, thriving, and so very loved. And no, your tax dollars are not paying for them; my husband has a good job and we have private insurance.

      April 24, 2012 at 21:33 | Report abuse |
  50. john from oregon

    Best of luck to these folks...they will need it. Don't fool with mother nature....

    April 24, 2012 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
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