ABC’s Tom Johnson from New York:
You read correctly: One mother, 8 babies. They were born yesterday in California. That’s a whopping 24 pounds worth of love.
The infants weights range from the littlest at 1 pound, 8 ounces to the biggest — 3 pounds, 4 ounces. 2 were placed on ventilators but this morning all 8 are breathing on their own.
Did they see this coming?
Doctors were expecting 7. One dodged the peering gaze of the sonogram. Maybe he was hiding behind a spleen.
How do you deliver that many?
It took a team of 46 including doctors, nurses and assistants. And a lot of hospital real estate. 4 delivery rooms in all were needed. Doctors say the mother was awake during the c-section.
6 boys and 2 girls.
This is only the second known time in US history that a mother has delivered 8. 10 years ago in Texas a couple had 8. Sadly, within a week one of the babies passed away.
Breast or Bottle?
According to her doctors Mom plans to breastfeed all 8. "She is a very strong woman", one of the doctors added.
The family will stay in the hospital for at least 10 weeks.
And the diapers?
Some quick searching has turned up a estimate of how many diapers the average baby goes through in their first year: 2,788. Multiply by 8 and their looking at 22,304 diapers in the coming year. 1-800 Diapers here we come.