The Gosselin Family: Jon and Kate Plus 8 kids: Twins Cara & Mady, and Sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah
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Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel
May 10, 2004
The sextuplets were born at 30 weeks, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Kate Gosselin
remained hospitalized for several weeks before her delivery. Alexis Faith was the first baby born, at 7:51 a.m. She weighed 2 lbs.11.5 oz. Next was Hannah Joy at 2 lbs. 11 oz., then Aaden Jonathan, the smallest baby, weighing 2 lbs. 7.5 oz. Another boy, Collin Thomas, followed weighing 3 lbs. .5oz. and then Leah Hope was born weighing 2 lbs. 14.8oz. Finally, Joel Kevin arrived at 7:54 a.m., weighing 2 lbs. 9.7oz.
The Gosselins were already parents to twin girls (Cara Nicole and Madelyn Kate, born in October 2000) when they decided to try for "just one more baby" in 2003. Both the twins and the sextuplets were the result of fertility assistance due to Kate's Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
The family's life has been documented in the popular television series "Jon and Kate Plus 8" which airs on Discovery Health and TLC. The Gosselin's book Multiple Blessings (compare prices)
was released in 2008 and describes their story and the faith that sustained them through their journey. In June 2009, Jon and Kate announced that they were filing for divorce.