Melaleuca’s Own McCaughey Septuplets Graduate High School, Look to Bright Future

McCaughey Family septuplets

Mother of first surviving set of septuplets credits Melaleuca supplements for the health of her babies.

A little more than 18 years ago, Bobbi McCaughey awaited the birth of her babies. Seven of them, to be exact. Contrary to prevailing medical advice, Bobbi and her husband Kenny relied on their faith and opted to not terminate any of the fetuses. Choosing this path meant she needed to get the very best nutrition possible if she had any chance of successful childbirth. With the help of a dear friend, she turned to Melaleuca.

“Our friends Bob and Genni Brown had been longtime users of Melaleuca products. And Genni, especially, just swore by the Vitality Pack® because of her experience with it,” Bobbi says.

Some days, it was all she could do just to get her Melaleuca multivitamin-mineral down. But she did. For her babies.

As babies develop during a pregnancy, they are totally dependent on their mother for the nutrition they need to grow and prosper. For Bobbi, the importance of getting the right nutrition was multiplied by seven. Each little body relied on her to provide it with the nourishment it needed to form into a healthy child. A problem complicated by the fact that some days, Bobbi could hardly keep anything down…except her Vitality for Life® supplements.

Before the McCaugheys, no single woman had ever successfully supported the nutritional needs of herself and seven fetuses. On November 19, 1997, Bobbi gave birth to the first set of septuplets in history to survive infancy.

Bobbi’s doctors attributed this amazing, first-ever accomplishment, to the nutrition Bobbi provided her babies by taking Melaleuca’s Vitality Pack.

“I think the most amazing part of it was not so much that we carried them to 30 weeks and that they were all doing well,” Bobbi says. “All of our kids were in the normal range for birth weight for their gestation, which they shouldn’t have been according to the doctors. There’s at least a couple of reasons why they were so healthy. Number one, I know that God caused it to be that way. And, number two, I knew that it had to be in part because I used the Vitality Pack through the majority of the pregnancy. And so I didn't have to worry that I couldn’t eat enough during the day. I knew that I was still getting the vitamins and minerals I needed and, most importantly, that the babies needed. And to be able to get all the way through the pregnancy with almost zero complications, have a birth with zero complications, and have hardly any complications after birth with the kids, was just a miracle.”

Not only did they survive, this Melaleuca family continues to thrive. Over the years, they have kept their home clean with EcoSense® products, washed their clothes with MelaPower®, snacked on Simply Fit™ Popcorn and Bars, enjoyed Melaleuca Bath & Body products, used their fair share of MelaGel® on scraped knees, and, of course, continued to take Melaleuca nutritional supplements. And now that they're all grown up, they take the Peak Performance Pack®.

On May 22, 2016, all seven of the kids walked the stage and graduated from Carlisle High School in their hometown of Carlisle, Iowa. From here, the future for these seven siblings is filled with possibilities.

According to Bobbi, Kenny Jr. was always on the go as a child. Today, he’s looking forward to a career in construction.

Brandon has always had a fascination with the military and spent his childhood in camouflage. He has enlisted in the Army and starts basic training on June 1.

Nathan, who has always loved superheroes, has a love for acting and theater.

Joel is known for his sense of humor.

Kelsey, who Bobbi used to describe as her tomboy, has always been the music lover. She performs in a choir group and wants to pursue a career in music. She shares this love for music with her sister, Alexis, who was on the Carlisle High School cheerleading squad her senior year.

Natalie, Joel, and Nathan have plans to attend college out of state.

Alexis and Natalie were part of the National Honor Society, graduating in the top 15 percent of their class.

Please join us in congratulating Kenny, Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon, and Joel and the entire McCaughey family for reaching the important milestone of graduating from Carlisle High School. Here’s to a bright and healthy future!

Credit: Polaris Images

Credit: Polaris Images

CBS News - World's first surviving septuplets graduate from Iowa high school


  1. Jane Kesinger on May 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    This so amazing! I remember following this family! I just loved them! I’ve only known about Melaleuca for 1 1/2 yrs so I love that this helped them so much! Congratulations on making through these first 18 years!!!!!

  2. Pat Gibson on May 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    A lovely heartwarming story of successful lives. The world is at their hands. Their health will be a good representation for others and for Melaleuca in their lives. Wish you all the best.

  3. Elaine on May 27, 2016 at 9:54 am


  4. Colleen Milne on May 27, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Congratulations! What an awesome success story!! Thanks for sharing and good luck to each and every one of the septuplets! Life is good!

  5. Allan Steele on May 28, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Melaleuca has the science but living proof such as this is something we can all understand and appreciate.

  6. Annie Gingrich on May 28, 2016 at 7:44 am

    It is so good to hear of this family’s accomplishment and the part that Melaleuca played in it.

  7. Elizabeth Patrick on May 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    We joined Melaleuca in 1998 and you were the spark! We dropped out for awhile, but I could not endure life without Melaleuca’s Vitality pack. There was a difference for me as big as the Grand Canyon between life before Melaleuca Vitamins and life after. Congratulations on this milestone and cheers for the many more to come. So very glad to hear how you are doing.

  8. Denise G on June 5, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Congratulations to you all!! Your story is inspiring as I’ve watched your family grow since first joining Melaleuca almost 18 years ago. Enjoyed reading the latest update….awesomeness! Certainly a true testament to the great quality of Melaleuca! Congrats and healthy happy wishes for your adulthood :-)

  9. Ray & Sandi Koetter on June 16, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    My husband and I just read the McCaughey’s story and were absolutely overwhelmed! It is a
    story that everybody should read and appreciate!!
    We are proud to be a part of a company like Melaleuca that has the ability to help and care about people and help to make things like this marvelous story happen.
    Thank you Melaleuca!

  10. Shar Marris on June 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Very proud of all the children, AND their parents.

  11. Nina wall on July 3, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Fantastic. So glad all have graduated . How exciting they all have different career paths. God Bless you all. And Yeah for Melaleuca. I use products too.

  12. Alice Johnson on July 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Congratulations to the McCaughey family. Have seen the children on TV off & on since birth. They are beautiful children. Enjoy your next step in your journey thru life, with the help of God guiding you, of course.
    I have been using Melaleuca products for yrs. Great products for our homes.

  13. Linda Bentsen on August 1, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    God Bless the McCaughey family. We recall your amazing story and vividly remember seeing the Vitality Pak at your bedside on your nightstand. We felt so proud that ‘our product’, had played such an important role in not only maintaining your health, but that of the 7 babies, yet to touch the world. We carried the magazine with us for every presentation and enrollment.

    Thank-you for being such faith-filled people, God is honored by your testimony and many have been touched by your amazing story.