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Couple in China Have 8 Babies Boldly Defying the One-Child Policy

By Sunny Chanel |

No One-Child for This Couple From China

China has a pesky law that effects all couples who would like to start families. You are only allowed to have one-child, a policy that has been in place since 1978. Also illegal is the act of surrogacy. But a couple from Guangzhou opted to not just hire not one but two women to carry their fertilized embryos but they ended up with a stunning number of babies…eight in total.

But did not strive to have eight initially…

According to Shanghai List, when they began the process they expected only two or three of the embryos would survive. The couple had been trying to have a baby for years. When all eight of the embryos did actually survive they wanted to ensure success and not only implanted three in the mother but hired two women to carry the others. The mother gave birth to triplets, one surrogate also gave birth to another set of  triplets and the other had twins. All eight children – four girls and four boys – were born in October of 2010.

The couple are reportedly quite wealthy and could not just afford the pricey IVF process and surrogacy but they can afford to raise them and even have 11 hired helpers in the home.

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2 thoughts on “Couple in China Have 8 Babies Boldly Defying the One-Child Policy

  1. Kel says:

    They also must be rich enough to afford the fine imposed by the government for each extra child. I don’t remember exactly what it is, but it’s the equivalent something like $25,000.

  2. Richan says:

    Hey, if they can afford it, I say go for it, I wouldn’t want to destroy my embryos either :)

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