Liverpudlians Janet and Graham Walton became front page news globally on the 18th of November 1983, when Mrs. Walton not only gave birth to six children, but she gave birth to the world’s only all-girl sextuplets!
In February 2015, Janet published a book titled “Six Little Miracles: The heartwarming true story of raising the world’s first sextuplet girls” which documents the Waltons’ story.
And only several months before, on the 7th of October 2014, one of the Walton daughters – Sarah – had a daughter of her own named Jorgie.
“I’d had no time to prepare. I hadn’t even seen a midwife or been to an antenatal class. The instant my multiple pregnancy was confirmed at eight weeks, I was whipped into the hospital and I stayed there until the birth,” Janet once told the Daily Mail
The Waltons did not only make it work, but they had a lot of fun doing it! Things were so busy around the house that visitors would be given a child to carry and a diaper to go along with it.
The publicity surrounding the family continued as the sextuplets were tracked by the media while growing up.
Luci, Ruth, Jennie, Hannah, Kate, and Sarah aged five.
Jennie, Sarah, Luci, Hannah, Ruth, and Kate in their school uniforms from left to right aged 11 and accompanied by their parents.
When asked about their plans regarding children, the girls have always said that six would be too many!
“I can’t wait to have one — or maybe two. But no more than that,” Ruth once said.
All the girls grew up to be healthy and successful. Luci is an airline crew member, Kate works as an administrator, Hannah is a school teacher, Ruth’s in PR, Jenni owns her own candy shop, and Sarah is a young mother!
Grandma Janet was ecstatic about the latest addition to the family and has described the feeling of having such a large family as being “just enveloped in all this love”.
“There was always so much to do, we didn’t enjoy it as much as we would if we’d had one at a time. With grandchildren, you have time,” Graham compared the two experiences once. “Whenever I see little babies, I wish I could go back and do it all over again.”
And now, they finally have a chance to do so!