Katie Irene Gosselin, née Kreider (born March 28, 1975), is best known for the reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, which profiles her and her husband Jon Gosselin as they raise their atypical family consisting of sextuplets and twins.
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Kate was born in Wernersville, Pennsylvania to Kenton and Charlene Kreider, and is one of five children. After completing nursing studies at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania, she later worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery. She gave birth to twin girls, Cara Nicole and Madelyn Kate "Mady" on October 8, 2000. The couple used fertility treatment to get pregnant because Kate was initially unable to conceive, due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). After further treatments, Kate became pregnant. She gave birth to sextuplets on May 10, 2004, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and hospital staff nicknamed them Hershey Kisses. She gave birth at 30 weeks, short of the full term (37 weeks), which required the sextuplets to be placed on ventilators. The sextuplets (in order of birth) are: Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope and Joel Kevin. The couple was featured in the NBC reality TV show Home Delivery, when their home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, was renovated to accommodate the large family.
Kate lives in Wernersville, Pennsylvania with her children, although she stays in another Pennsylvania location while Jon is with the children.
The couple filed for divorce on June 22, 2009. Jon and Kate have said that their eight children will remain in their Pennsylvania home, and the two of them will move back and forth to accommodate the custody agreement. They have also assured audiences (during the 1-hour episode, aired on June 22, 2009, the same day they filed for a divorce) that they will remain a part of their children’s lives as much as possible, and that their divorce, while upsetting and devastating, is in the best interest of their children.
Kate Gosselin filmed a talk show pilot with Paula Deen in September 2009; however, the show has not yet been picked up by a Network.