A 44-year-old Romanian woman who lives in Canada has given birth to her 18th child.
Livia Ionce gave birth to Abigail, her tenth daughter, in the Canadian town of Abbotsford. Ionce and her 51-year-old husband, Alexandru, fled Romania in 1990 and settled in the province of British Columbia.
The Ionce brood comprises 10 girls and 8 boys whose ages range from 20 months to 23 years. According to the Daily Telegraph, none of the couple's children were multiple births and all were born naturally apart from their four-year-old son Filip, who was born by Caesarean-section.
New arrival Abigail weighed 7lb 12oz and was delivered naturally. Mr Ionce told the Associated Press that he was unsure whether he and his wife would add further to their army of children, most of whom live with them in their seven-bedroom home.
Despite being British Columbia’s most prolific mother in the past 20 years, Livia Ionce has some way to go to match the feats of an 18th century woman known only as the "the wife of Feodor Vassilyev" who earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records by giving birth to 69 children from 27 pregnancies.
In modern times, the Guinness Book of Records recognises a Chilean woman as the world’s most prolific mother. Leonita Albina reportedly gave birth to her 55th child in 1981.