Woman Gives Birth to Nine Babies. Yes. Nine. At Once.

Imagine growing an entire soccer team of children inside you. At once. Well, ladies, a 25-year old woman from Mali has done just that!

She’s most likely the first person in history to successfully give birth to nonuplets.

From 0 to 9  in 30 weeks 

According to Mali’s Minister of Health and the Moroccan clinic where the nonuplets were born, all nine infants plus mum are “doing well”.

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Three of the nine babies. Source: Facebook

The nine babies (five girls and four boys) were born at 30 weeks gestation and delivered by C-Section on 25 May 2021.


The supermum, who is now a mum of ten, is a Malian woman named Halima Cisse. Remember this name cause this lady is a legend!

Halima and her babies are currently in a private Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, Morocco while Halima’s husband and their daughter remain in Mali. They are reportedly over the moon with the nine new additions to the family.

Mum expecting 7 babies, not 9

According to TODAY, Halima and her team of doctors were aware of seven of the infants in utero. The Malian government ordered Halima to Morocco as hospitals in Mali are ill-equipped to provide adequate care for exceptional multiple pregnancies such as this.

The Moroccan doctors were also expecting just seven babies, not nine. Imagine the shock when two extra babies came out?!

Amazingly enough, all nine babies are doing well. The newborns weighed between 500 grams and 1 kilogram and the clinic has deployed a team of around 30 staff members to care for mum and her babies.

Halima experienced heavy bleeding during delivery and required a blood transfusion but is now recovering.

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Nine babies in one go …. incredible! Source: Bigstock

Nine babies naturally conceived? 

The Casablanca clinic’s director Youssef Alaoui said that as far as he was aware Halima had not used fertility treatments. The Malian health ministry did not provide any other information about the pregnancy or births but we can’t wait to hear more including the names and first photos!

Nine babies. Could you even imagine? She’s literally got enough kids to field her own baseball team. Or to compete for love on the 2045 version of the Malian Bachelor. Nine birthday-sharing siblings. One rose. Who will it be? 

As Halima plots world domination, or at least uncovers the trick to settling nine newborns at once, she can also look forward to seeing her babies in The Guinness Book of World Records for most living births. The previous record-holder was Nadia Suleman (Octomom) in 2009. Speaking of Nadia Suleman, check out what her kids are up to now! 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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