I’m sure most of you will have read the amazing story of the American woman who gave birth to octuplets. She’s only the second woman in the US who’s known to have given birth to eight living babies – six boys and two girls, who’re all said to be doing well.
Many of you may have had the same reaction as me and the rest of the WHYS team: sheer amazement at the number of the babies … and wondering what it would be like for the mother (and the father and babies as they grow up).
So on today’s show we want to hear from people who’ve experienced giving birth to, raising or being one of triplets, quads, quins, septuplets or octuplets (I think i’ve got those right).
For one person’s experience, you can read the blog of Jayson Wilkinson, father of quins (or quints, he calls them).
But there are also some bigger questions about multiple births. Should the parents sell their story to the media? How much help should the government give you? We don’t know whether the US octuplets were the result of fertility treatment, but should that make a difference to the support you receive?
In the developing world, pregnancy is already more dangerous, and conceiving more than one baby can increase that a lot. Are multiple babies a problem when a mother often has to get straight back to manual work, and may struggle to feed one mouth let alone many? Or do parents in the developing world get more support from their community?
And, in an increasingly crowded world, are multiple births a blessing or a burden?
Post your thoughts here, and join me on air at 1800GMT.