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January 27, 2009

First US woman gives birth to octuplets

Yesterday the first US woman gave birth to eight live newborns in Los Angeles, California reported by BBC news.

The women's identity and health has not yet been released, but she gave birth to six boys and two girls.

All eight newborns were born nine weeks prematurely, weighing between 1 pound 8 ounces and 3 pound 4 ounces. Two new borns were placed on ventilators and a third newborn needed oxygen, reported by Star Tribune.

The newborns will be placed in incubators for at least six weeks, but a doctor had stated that the newborns were kicking and screaming very vigorously and for the most part are doing well.

According to Star Tribune, 46 hospitol staffs and four delivery rooms were set aside for the births of the anticipated seven newborns. The eighth newborn was not expected. "It is quite easy to miss a baby when you're anticipating seven babies," said Dr. Harold Henry, chief of maternal and fetal medicine at the hospital. "Ultrasound doesn't show you everything."

The first set of live born octuplets were born in Houston, Texas in 1998. One newborn died one week later, but the remaining seven celebrated their 10th birthday in December.