This Single Mom Gives Birth to 44 Children by the Time She’s 40, Doctors Forbid Her to Have More

A single mother of 38 kids endured a struggling childhood and lost her siblings when she was young. Her stepmother poisoned her five brothers, and she only survived because she was visiting a relative at the time.

A mother’s love for her children is everlasting, and a Ugandan mom has proven this theory right. Mariam Nabatanzi is a single mother living with her large brood in the impoverished Kasawo village near the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

She was only 12 when she was sold into marriage to a man almost four times her age. She gave birth to her first set of twins a year later, followed by quadruplets, triplets, and more twins.


Nabatanzi suffered from a rare genetic condition called “hyper ovulation,” characterized by many eggs. The doctors told her that resorting to birth control methods could cause severe problems for her oversized ovaries.

After her first set of twins, she continued to have babies. By the time she was 36, Nabatanzi had given birth to 44 kids, out of which only 38 survived. Sadly, her unreliable husband walked out on her and her kids six years ago, leaving them to fend for themselves.

Dubbed as the “world’s most fertile woman,” Nabatanzi has three sets of quadruplets, four sets of triplets, and six sets of twins. She works diligently to make ends meet and provide for her enormous brood.

Nabatanzi’s enormous brood wraps her in a loving hug. | Photo: With Uganda


Nabatanzi works as a hairstylist and event organizer and gathers and sells scrap metal to provide for her kids. She also brews and sells her local gin and makes herbal medicine.

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