Every couple dreams of having a big booming happy family. But, for this couple, it seemed that The Almighty focused on the aspect of their family being ‘big’ quite seriously. I am saying this because the couple gave birth to seven kids that too at all of them together. The way the parents managed to give their kids a normal life is quite astonishing and inspiring. Let’s have a look at this family’s amazing journey.
Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey had their first child on January 3, 1996. Their little girl was named Mikayla Marie and was a little bit of a miracle. Bobbi was born with a malfunctioning pituitary gland which had caused fertility problems over the years. To have Mikayla Marie was a little bit of a dream come true, but still, they wanted to expand their family. They had to consider different ways to help them have another child after Mikayla Marie was born.
Kenny and Bobbi decided the best way to have another child was to take hormone therapy, using the fertility medicine Metrodin. This treatment stimulates ovulation and can help those with fertility problems become pregnant. As they were desperate to add another baby to their little family, Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey were more than happy to try anything they could. Little did they know that they were soon to have a much bigger family…
When Bobbi went for her regular checkup and scan, the doctors found something quite incredible in her womb. Not one, not two, not three, but seven embryos. There were seven children growing inside Bobbi McCaughey. The world couldn’t believe it! However, multiple births are quite common when taking fertility treatment (although 7 was almost unheard of). Kenny and Bobbi declined selective reduction to give their babies a better chance, saying they would put the decision in ’s hands.
Of course, when news like this breaks, it quickly spreads. The McCaughey family were quickly thrust into the limelight. The parents received plenty of media attention from the press, some positive and some negative. Some people thought they were selfish for not taking the selective reduction route, as it meant that there would be a better chance of all the remaining babies to live healthy lives. Bobbi and Kenny took it all in their stride, however.
After news of the birth spread, and during the first years of the babies’ lives, the McCaughey family would receive an incredible amount of donations from well-wishers. Some of these included a 5,000 square foot house, nanny services, a year’s worth of free mac and cheese from Kraft, diapers, and a van. Bobbi and Kenny couldn’t believe how generous everyone had been, after breaking the news that they were having septuplets.
A Quick and Easy Birthing Process
Understandably, both Kenny and Bobbi were worried about the upcoming birth. They spent a lot of time with doctors, discussing the best way forward. On November 19, 1997, all seven babies were born 9-weeks early. The birth took place via cesarean, and each baby was delivered within six minutes of each other. They ranged in weight from 2lb 5oz up to 3lb 4oz, but all seemed healthy enough after the C-section. Only time would tell what would happen.