But Drake, Mahone and the McCaugheys’ pre-birth planning was put into action on November 19, 1997, when doctors subsequently delivered the seven babies by Cesarean section within six minutes of each other. Kenny Jr., Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon and Joel all arrived nine weeks prior to their due date. Nevertheless, all of them survived — the first ever set of septuplets to do so.
Understandably, the septuplets’ arrival received national media coverage. And, as a consequence, many people reached out to the extra-large family. “In the beginning, for every ten letters we would get that were happy for us, we’d get one letter accusing us of exploiting the kids and being selfish to waste the world’s resources on a family this big,” Bobbi told Time in 1997.