Annegret Raunigk, a 65-year-old woman from Berlin, will to become the oldest woman ever to give birth to quadruplets. Yahoo News reports that Raunigk, who already has 13 children, has been attempting artificial insemination since her youngest asked for a little brother or sister. Her pregnancy is a result of IVF using both donated eggs and sperm. Her due date is this summer, and her gynecologist remains optimistic despite the fact that quadruple pregnancies are always a strain. So far, Raunigk has found herself in good health thus far.
Although critiqued for her right to bear children at her age, she stated:
“How does one have to be at 65? One must apparently always fit some cliches which I find rather tiring. I think, one must decide that for oneself.”
“At first, I only wanted one child, not all were planned. But then things happen. I’m not a planner but rather spontaneous. And children keep me young.”
The German television network RTL will follow Raunigk and her family, which also includes seven grandchildren, thoughout the pregnancy.