Mom of 12 kids, pregnant for 16 years in a row, shares strong message of faith: ‘Children are a blessing’


After being pregnant for 16 years in a row you may feel like your brain has turned into mush. But this mother of 12 finds a way to find the good in every situation with her kids.

California mother, Iris Purnell, went viral on TikTok for sharing that she was pregnant from 2004 to 2019.

It is very common for the want of many people growing up to want tons of kids with the love of their life, but this was made a reality for 38-year-old woman, Iris Purnell, who spent over the past 2 decades pregnant with her 12 children.

“And if it’s a blessing, then who am I to stop it?” Purnell says.

Iris and her husband Cordell Purnell met and fell in love in Ney York City. Today they reside in Los Angeles, California, with their 12 children. They never intended to have a big family.

“I found a new life and a new meaning of purpose.” Says the couple.

All in all, the Purnells had 7 sons and 5 daughters.

Their children are Malikhai, 17, Cordell Jr., 17, Janai, 15, Trinity, 13, Messiah, 12, Josiah, 11, Love, 9, Seven, 8, Michael, 6, Royal, 5, Heavenly, 4, and Hope, 3.

Iris says that she and her family study the bible together as it helped her through her postpartum depression that she experienced during an emergency C-section that she had to miss the birth of her son Michael in 2016.

“I sincerely enjoy raising my children,” she said. “I love getting them ready for school, taking their clothes out, doing their hair, and making them feel and look beautiful.”