Meet Mariam, the 37-year-old woman with 38 children
By Patricia Uyeh
A 37-year-old woman identified as Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye has become popular because of the number of children she has.
Mariam has 38 children, most of whom are twins, triplets and quadruplets.
It was gathered that she gave birth to all of her children at home, except for her last child, who was born in a hospital.
She has a total of 10 girls and 28 boys.
Mariam got married without her consent pretty early at the age of 12 to a 40- year-old man. She had her first sets of twins two years after marriage. After which she gave birth to triplets. A year and seven months after, she had a set of quadruplets.
Speaking to Uganda’s Daily Monitor about her mothering experiences, Mariam revealed that she escaped death in 1993 and soon after, she was married off to a husband who was polygamous and abusive. She said:
“I did not know I was being married off. People came home and brought things for my father. When time came for them to leave, I thought I was escorting my aunt but when I got there, she gave me away to the man.”
According to Mariam, she did not see anything strange in having multiple births because her father had 45 children with different women and these kids all came in quintuplets, quadruples, triplets and twins.
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