65-year old woman is pregnant with quadruplets0
By Nigel Boys
Annegreat Raunigk is a 65-year-old Russian and English teacher in Berlin, Germany. She made headlines when she had her 13th child, Lelia, at the age of 55, and now she is set to become the oldest woman ever to give birth to quadruplets, according to Germany’s RTL broadcaster.
Raunigk’s pregnancy is the result of several attempts abroad at artificial insemination over the last year-and-a-half, using both donated sperm and eggs, according to the Daily Mail. They report that the oldest woman at present to have given birth to quads is Merryl Fudel, who was 55 at the time of their delivery.
The schoolteacher, who already has 7 grandchildren and an eldest daughter of 44-years-old, said she decided to try for another child because her 9-year-old daughter wanted a little brother or sister to play with, reported the private TV channel. It said it would continue to follow the progress of her pregnancy and broadcast another interview after the successful delivery of her babies.
Reporting the news of her pregnancy on their front page, mass circulation newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, said that Raunigk was “shocked” when an ultrasound scan showed she was carrying quadruplets. “Certainly that was a shock for me,” she said. “After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with. On the scan it was just clear to see.”
Reportedly, her gynecologist first mentioned the possibility of a “selective reduction” to reduce the number of babies by aborting one or more of the fetuses, but Raunigk said she did not even consider that to be an option. The babies, who are in their 21st week of gestation, are due in the summer if everything goes well, and so far, there have been no major complications with her pregnancy.
“I’m not actually afraid. I simply assume I’ll remain healthy and fit,” said Raunigk. “In matters of organization I have enough experience, that’s not new for me.”
When asked if she had any moral doubts about having quadruplets at the age of 65, Raunigk told RTL, “How does one have to be at 65? One must apparently always fit some clichés, which I find rather tiring. I think one must decide that for oneself.”
RTL reported that Raunigk’s gynecologist, Kai Hertwig, said that everything was going well with her pregnancy, but multiple pregnancies were always a strain on the mother and babies. He added that the biggest risk for the babies was being born prematurely, but doctors were doing everything they could to prevent that from happening.
“At first, I only wanted one child. Not all were planned, but then things happen,” Raunigk told Bild. “I’m not a planner, but rather spontaneous, and children keep me young.”
Raunigk’s 13 children are by five different fathers, according to the Daily Mail. The oldest woman ever on record to give birth was 70-year-old Omkari Panwar of India.