A 65-year-old woman Annegret Raunigk of Berlin, Germany is set 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.
The pregnancy is a result of IVF using both donated eggs and sperm, according to People. The babies are due this summer, and her gynecologist remains optimistic despite the fact that quadruple pregnancies are always a strain. Raunigk has been in good health thus far.
Raugnik defended her right to bear children at her age in an interview on German television:
“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.”
She also made headlines 10 years ago when she gave birth to daughter Lelia, her thirteenth child. “At first, I only wanted one child,” Raugnik told the German newspaper Bild. “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. So, yes, someone has already turned this into a reality show.