Pregnant with quadruplets at 65

A 65-year-old mother of 13 is awaiting the birth of quadruplets.

At a time when most women are thinking about their retirement and of having time to themselves, 65 year old Annegret Raunigk from Germany is awaiting the birth of quadruplets.

Raunigk, a Russian and English teacher living in Berlin, already has 13 children between the ages of 44 and nine, along with seven grandchildren. She is expecting her four babies in the summer. If all goes well, she will be the world’s oldest mother of quadruplets.

The babies were conceived by artificial insemination following several attempts abroad. The mum-to-be spent a year and a half trying to become pregnant after her youngest daughter said she wanted a little sister or brother.

On recalling the moment her doctor broke the news about the four-baby pregnancy, Raunigk told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, “Certainly that was a shock for me. After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with.”

The largest risk for the babies is premature birth. However Raunigk’s gynaecologist, Kai Hertwig has said on Dutch news program RTL Nieuws that everything is currently going well for the expectant mother. To MailOnline Hertwig said, “She is a very strong, very fit woman. I hope she can come to full term, I think she can. She is very well placed to be a fit mother for these babies.”

Raunigk says that after having so much experience with childbirth, she is not afraid of the prospect of having four more babies. “I'm not actually afraid. I simply assume I'll remain healthy and fit. In matters of organisation, I have enough experience, that's not new for me”, she says.

“At first, I only wanted one child”, Raunigk told Bild am Sonntag 10 years ago when she fell into the spotlight at the age of 55 after having her 13th child. “Not all [children] were planned, but then things happen. I'm not a planner, but rather spontaneous ... and children keep me young.”

Read more at theage.com.au.





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    15th Apr 2015
    10:08am
    I am totally gobsmarked. I was going through menopause at 54! and now she is about to give birth to quadruplets by artificial insemination at 65 because her youngest daughter wanted a little brother or sister. Unbelievable! I certainly hope she survives all this. Could not imagine anything worse myself than having babies at that age.
    Virginia
    15th Apr 2015
    10:45am
    Grandchildren are the answer at her age. Will she be there for their 21st and what was the inseminator thinking. I spose they will have sisters who can bring them up.
    Squirrel
    15th Apr 2015
    10:54am
    She's just crazy, poor siblings will have to turn into parents before their time. Not really fair to them.
    particolor
    15th Apr 2015
    8:38pm
    There You Are youngest daughter ! 4 Real Dolls for You to bring up !!
    MICK
    15th Apr 2015
    12:13pm
    This should be the new definition of insanity. Crazy!!!!
    MILA
    17th Apr 2015
    2:08pm
    Yes Mick and many around these days.....what a bad ....tasteless JOKE!
    Marlin
    15th Apr 2015
    12:34pm
    So selfish! I hope the 4 babies will be healthy in every way.
    One would hope that she had eggs donated by a healthy young woman. One would also assume that the person who donated the sperm is a total jerk! No pun intended!
    Nothing but contempt for the doctor who agreed to this procedure.......
    rtrish
    15th Apr 2015
    12:47pm
    In a word, NUTS.

    15th Apr 2015
    12:47pm
    Dummen kopf?
    MILA
    17th Apr 2015
    2:09pm
    NO kOP!
    Polly Esther
    15th Apr 2015
    1:32pm
    Don't look at me, I didn't do it.
    However, she'll be ok. I think someone else will rear these children instead of her.
    The unselfish thing for her to have done would have been to adopt an orphan or two if she had the means and inclination. Would have served a double purpose.
    Again however, that's just me and my opinion, a sorry state of affairs though I think.
    Hello world I'm standing in it, cheerio.
    Nan Norma
    15th Apr 2015
    1:36pm
    As far as I'm concerned they are not her chidren and that makes it all the worse. I'm angry at the selfishness of it all.
    Troubadour
    15th Apr 2015
    2:05pm
    I agree - a totally selfish act. at her age. She already has 13 children and 7 grand children. Is she sane! I do pray that these babies will be healthy and not suffer any disabilities or health problems through this. What was the Dr thinking too and the donor - $$$$ signs maybe. To quote a song of the 50's 'what a crazy world we're living in '
    MILA
    17th Apr 2015
    2:10pm
    this woman is UNWELL DE LUXE. I wonder what she teaches......as it is written she is a teacher. Mamma Mia!
    particolor
    17th Apr 2015
    4:00pm
    Cooking teacher ! 4 Buns in the oven !! :-)
    PlanB
    15th Apr 2015
    2:35pm
    Unbelievably stupid / selfish and who ever allowed this to take place needs to be struck off the medical register she has 13 already --don't tell me that they are looked after properly as you just could not look after all those kids the right way and at that age you sure would not be up to doing all that kids need to be done for them and teaching them etc she is a wicked selfish bitch, she could be dead in a few years and what happens to the kids then!
    Anonymous
    15th Apr 2015
    4:00pm
    Remember this woman?

    Taken from the Guardian Newspaper of July 2009

    "A Spanish woman who became the world's oldest mother at the age of 66 has died of cancer just two-and-a-half years after giving birth to twins, raising fresh questions about the ethics of fertility treatment for women past natural childbearing age.

    "Maria del Carmen Bousada, a single mother and retired sales assistant from Cádiz, southern Spain, leaves behind her orphan sons, Pau and Christian. It was unclear who would look after them."

    I think this says it all.
    Pardelope
    15th Apr 2015
    4:33pm
    I assume she had gone through menopause - Nature's way of saying you are past child-bearing? If not, it would be most unusual. If she had, it would require hormonal interventions to obtain and maintain the pregnancy.

    Why couldn't her daughter be like other youngest kids and have cousins and older siblings? Are her family prepared and willing to bring up these babies if/when she cannot?

    Will the IVF company - or the German taxpayers - help with medical or other costs which result from this woman's agenda? I hope the children (current and on-the-way) are ok.
    missmarple
    15th Apr 2015
    5:12pm
    What a selfish woman she is,,,, surely her youngest would have nieces / nephews around her own age she could interact with as siblings,,,
    CindyLou
    15th Apr 2015
    5:09pm
    Whilst not totally positive about this woman's choices I'd have to add that men father children at this age and it seems to be generally accepted...double standards ?
    Fran
    15th Apr 2015
    5:19pm
    Yes, CindyLou, remember Charlie Chaplin?

    My god, I thought one child was too many....some of us are not meant to be parents.
    In big families it seems the older children do not have a childhood, they are given the JOB of bringing up the younger ones. Really selfish I feel.
    Marlin
    15th Apr 2015
    5:25pm
    I take your point Cindy Lou, but old men who keep on fathering children, usually do so with much younger women and these men are usually wealthy. The women just want to assure themselves of a slice of the wealth. There is at least one young parent for the child.
    It is much more likely for a blood relative to put their hand up to bring up a child if it is orphaned, but Buckley's chance of anybody agreeeing to take on 4. They would have to be split up if that event was to take place.
    Nan Norma
    15th Apr 2015
    5:27pm
    We have now become a ME ME ME society. Its all about what I want not what is good for others. We already know she isn't capable of looking after them. this is another Octomum, selfish as they come.
    particolor
    15th Apr 2015
    8:21pm
    I didn't do it !! :-)
    particolor
    15th Apr 2015
    8:33pm
    PS.. And I just noticed up there that Willie Poker didn't !!;-)
    KSS
    15th Apr 2015
    8:58pm
    Just because you can doesn't mean you should!
    particolor
    15th Apr 2015
    9:20pm
    She said She had Spontaneous Combustion ! I saw no mention of a Puffing Grandpa either ? :-)
    Crazy Horse
    15th Apr 2015
    11:09pm
    Just irresponsible. Women have menopause for a reason: to ensure that they are still alive until the babies reach maturity. This woman will still be raising kids in her 80s.
    PlanB
    16th Apr 2015
    5:41am
    IF she is still alive and believe me you are soon over raising kids by the age of 60
    Mar
    16th Apr 2015
    11:29am
    Needs to see a psychologist!!!!!!
    particolor
    16th Apr 2015
    2:22pm
    Too Late !! :-)
    MILA
    17th Apr 2015
    2:12pm
    I agree with you Mar but some many years ago - it is simply pathetic! poor kids!
    Mak
    17th Apr 2015
    11:04am
    Disgusting, but not illegal, great for the parents, probably having a ball with the $$$$$$$$$$$ in welfare payments.
    Not much different to certain 'immigrants' who have several wives for the same $$$$$$ reason.
    Oh dear, I hear the cry, when is SOMEONE going to do SOMETHING about it.
    particolor
    17th Apr 2015
    3:47pm
    If cant beat the ! Join them Mac ! :-)
    Put an Add in the Paper !... 3 more Wives wanted !! :-)
    MILA
    17th Apr 2015
    2:07pm
    Your Mental Health articule just came to my mind. Stop
    gr82do
    19th Apr 2015
    7:49pm
    Men MAT father kids when they are old but it is not the same. The physical and mental strains fall on the mum. My friend was born when her father was 62. She says it is a form of child abuse. They knew he would die before the child grew up. MY father was 63 then I was born and I am the first of five! He died 2 weeks before the last was born. (Result of injuries from WW1 service)


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