GERMANY – A 65-year-old schoolteacher is set to become the oldest woman ever to give birth to quadruplets.
German Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children by five different fathers. This latest pregnancy is the result of artificial insemination using both donated sperm and eggs.
According to The Daily Mail, Raunigk, who is in the 21st week of her pregnancy, said she was “shocked” when an ultrasound scan showed she was carrying quadruplets. She previously made headlines in Germany when she had her daughter Leila at the age of 55.
She told German media that she does not worry about what her future will look like in five years time, with a teenage daughter and the young quadruplets, because she assumes she will “stay healthy”.
She defended her decision to get pregnant later in life, saying: “I think one needs to decide for oneself and not listen too much to the opinions of others.”
At present, the oldest woman to have given birth to quads is Merryl Fudel, who was 55 at the time.
The oldest woman ever to give birth is Indian Omkari Panwar, who was believed to be 70.