Or in other words, you have had lots of babies!
A grand multipara is a woman who has already delivered five or more infants who have achieved a gestational age of 24 weeks or more.
A great grand multipara has delivered seven or more infants beyond 24 weeks’ gestation.
So when you are having your sixth child (like me), does it get old? Lose its magic? Become commonplace? My answer is no. I’m so in love with my little baby and actually enjoying it even more than before. Maybe that is because I know what to expect by now. Or maybe it is because having a baby I didn’t think I would have feels like a tremendous blessing. Or maybe it is because I realize that my childbearing years are coming to a close and I ought to just savor what I have while I have it. I’m not sure but I do know that I am finding so much more joy in this process than I expected. I do know that I was quite blessed to have great support for the labor, birth and postpartum and that made a difference too. I’m enjoying the little milestones and mourning their passing at the same time. She will only be a baby once.
So are there any others out there who have had large families? What has it been like for you? Does the process have to lose its magic if you have already done it multiple times? And what is your advice to the first time mom?