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No, A Woman Did Not Give Birth To 17 Babies In The Same Pregnancy

No, A Woman Did Not Give Birth To 17 Babies In The Same Pregnancy

BOOM found that the image of the pregnant woman was photoshopped and the story of Catherine Bridge was fictional.

Woman gave birth to 17 babies

Two photos, one of a woman with a bloated belly and other of a man with 17 babies surrounding him is viral with a alse claim that a woman gave birth to 17 children at once.

A Facebook user named ‘Sube Singh Poriya’ shared the image with the text on it – “Catherine Bridge has holds the world record by giving birth to 17 babies. All of them boys!”.

17 babies Facebook post
Facebook post

Click here to view the post, and here for an archive.


This misinformation has been doing the rounds on social media since 2014.

The fictional story of Catherine Bridge giving birth to 17 boys was published in an article dated January 20, 2014, by World News Daily Report, a satirical website.

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The disclaimer page of World News Daily Report mentions that, “All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people –  are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.”

Disclaimer on sarcastic website
Disclaimer on the website

Photoshopped Image Of Woman

BOOM performed a reverse image search using Yandex, a Russian search engine and found that the photo of the pregnant woman with a swollen belly was photoshopped.

BOOM could not verify the identity of the woman in the original photo.

Photoshopped image of pregnant woman
Photoshopped image of pregnant woman

The second image of the man in the photo is United States based obstetrician and gynecologist Robert M Biter.

This image has been picked up from his Facebook cover photo

US Dr Biter with babies
US gynecologist Dr. Robert M Biter

The same photo of Dr Biter was published in a 2017 contributoryarticle in The Huffington Post.

Dr Biter huffpost article
Dr Biter same image that has been used in the viral post

As of writing this piece the current holder for the most number of children delivered at a single birth is Nadya Suleman, when she gave birth to eight children – six boys and two girls in California, US on 26 January 2009. 

This piece of misinformation has previously been fact-checked by India Today and Snopes.

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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