Published On: Thu, Jun 13th, 2019

Woman gives birth to ’17 babies’

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The record for most children delivered at a single birth to survive is held by Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to 8 babies in 2009

Published 12:24 PM, June 13, 2019

Updated 12:24 PM, June 13, 2019

Claim: A woman named Catherine Bridge broke a world record by giving birth to 17 babies, all of whom are boys.

A photo on the Facebook page Moalboal Cebu Philippines shows a pregnant blonde woman. A separate photo shows a man sitting on a couch surrounded by babies.

The text above both images says: “Catherine Bridge has holds the world record by giving birth to 17 babies. All of them are boys!”

This post was found on Facebook Claim Check, a tool that alerts Facebook’s 3rd party fact checking partners to potential false or misleading claims on the platform.

Since it was posted on Sunday, June 2, Moalboal Cebu Philippines’ post has garnered 112 reactions and 109 shares.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: The world record for most children delivered at a single birth to survive is held by Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to 8 babies on January 26, 2009.

Suleman, also known as “Octomom,” conceived her 6 boys and two girls through in vitro fertilization.

Before Suleman, the record-holder for the category was Nkem Chukwu, who gave birth to octuplets in 1998. The Suleman octuplets surpassed the survival rate of the Chukwu octuplets, which is why they broke the previous record.

The image of the woman used in Moalboal Cebu Philippines’ post was altered to look like she was more pregnant than she was. A reverse image search using TinEye showed that the photo was first uploaded to the website DeviantArt in August 2016.

A Google reverse image search of the man with many babies leads to a HuffPost article that uses the photo. The author of the article identifies the man as Robert Biter, an obstetrician and gynecologist. He uses the photo on his website.

This claim has been making the rounds on the internet as far back as 2014. The website worldnewsdailyreport.com published a “news report” on the claim, but it only had a photo of many babies in a living room.

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