Some of the best crazy birth stories
3 of the strangest birth hoaxes ever produced.
Birth is an amazing experience; some would suggest that it’s even mystical. Centuries of rumours, legends and deliberate hoaxes have generated some fairly outlandish birth stories. With pranksters, fraudsters and others having access to Photoshop and other image or video manipulation software, the internet is host to some mad, bad and simply crazy birth stories. We’ve put a couple together for you: bizarre, insane and at times hilarious- unless, of course, you believe them…

Baby mermaid birth confirmed!

The half-woman, half-fish of legends has long tantalised seafarers. Some say that the legend must be true, otherwise why would it exist? More pragmatic types suggest that the “mermaid” is merely a dugong or some other aquatic mammal.

Here’s a baby mermaid birth “confirmed”, by Bill’s Channel/YouTube

The woman who gave birth to rabbits

In 1792 a woman named Mary Toft gave birth to rabbits, according to MentalFloss. Or did she? When Mary went into labour, she began giving birth to what looked like animal parts. Her family called a local surgeon who witnessed her giving birth to little rabbits, a total of seventeen of the little creatures.

He preserved their bodies, and the story spread across the UK. It fell apart, however, when an accomplice was caught supplying baby rabbits to Toft. She admitted that she’d been inserting the rabbits in her vagina, probably to make money from the sensational story and was jailed for five months.

11 babies born at the same time to one mom!

Despite the news being slightly dubious, it spread across the internet like wildfire a couple of years ago: one woman in India had allegedly given birth to 11 babies in one go! The story was shared by many sites, including reputable news sites, including an image of the little “siblings”.

Intrepid internet investigators quickly brought relief to many worried moms-to-be: The image turned out to be a celebration of 11 babies being born on the same day (to different moms). The date? It was 11/11/11. The moms had chosen to be impregnated nine months previously in order to give birth on that specific date. According to, there are two recorded cases of women giving birth to nine babies in one go; sadly, none of these infants survived.

Watch: Woman gives birth to 11 kids at one time, via YouTube/FTDNews

There are plenty of strange tales on the internet, but if you’re expecting, you might want to avoid trying to track them down. If you’d like to see regular birth footage or images, we have a great collection. Warning: some of them are quite graphic!

Birth galleries and videos

Beautiful natural river birth

Vaginal triplet birth

Amazing C-section birth video

More birth galleries and videos

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