Guinness World Record? Chinese woman's 26 prior miscarriages highlights reproductive burden on women in China

A 37-year-old woman from central China who had 26 miscarriages before giving birth to a healthy baby recently has triggered a heated debate on women and childbearing among the Chinese public.

The new mother, whose identity was not revealed due to privacy concerns, became the centre of controversy soon after her story was made public on Tuesday as a positive story by the hospital where she was last treated and had a successful birth.

It’s unknown over how long a period the miscarriages have occurred, but the last one was in 2019 when she was 34, according to a press release from the Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital in Changsha.

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The story, highlighting her “dream to be a mother coming true”, backfired as soon as it was published on various online platforms, with many people criticising her experience for “letting motherhood override life”.

The woman, who gave birth to a baby girl via a C-section last week, has “always dreamed of having a child of her own” despite repeated miscarriages, light periods and intrauterine adhesion, the hospital press release said.

The release further revealed that she “almost lost hope” after experiencing a pregnancy loss in 2019, for the 26th time, but after surgical intervention from the hospital she found herself pregnant again in February and eventually gave birth.


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