Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn Mom Of Two Sets Of Quadruplets Welcomes Twins
Dale Chalk, mother of QUEENSLAND, the first wOᴍᴀɴ in the world to have two separate quartets, has now given birth to IVF twins.
Proud father of 11 kids under seven, ambulance driver Darren Chalk, said yesterday his latest additions to his family are working well. The couple, from Strathpine, a suburb north of Brisbane, were overjoyed.
Mrs Chalk, 34, said: ‘We are delighted to be Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ again. Always get excited when you find out you’re Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. It’s just that inner thing that you know when you’re done and when you’re not.”
Chalk’s oldest daughter, Shelby, is now six. The first quartet – Emma, Ellie, Samuel and Joseph – was born 13 weeks Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ in August 2004. They will start school next year. In October 2005, the second set – Sarah, Alice, Matthew and Milly – was ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ, but Milly did not survive. In 2007, the family welcomed their newest child, Tiger-Lilly.
Mrs Chalk said she was often mistaken for the “family’s babysitter” but she couldn’t be happier.
She said: “We live for our kids. We feel incredibly lucky to have all these kids. It’s a blessing. We have a happy family. The Children get everything they need, not everything they want.”
Chalk said she does her laundry seven times a day and spends up to $900 a week on groceries. The family with a 5-bedroom house wants to upgrade the 12-seater transit vehicle into a 30-seat bus. Mr. Chalk works as an ambulance driver and helps out as a taxi driver for the household income.
The Chalks have been making headlines ever since Mrs. Chalk gave birth to her first quartet in 2004. BBut the couple’s real notoriety came when Mrs Chalk, then 26, fell Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with a second set of quads. Her conception of consecutive sets of quads was believed to be a world first.