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Mum-of-13 now expecting quadruplets at the age of 65

By AP Reporter

Published 14/04/2015

A 65-year-old German mother-of-13 is getting ready to give birth again - to quadruplets.

Annegret Raunigk, a Berlin schoolteacher who plans to retire soon, is expected to give birth to the children within the next two months. She already has children ranging in age from nine to 44, from five fathers.

Ms Raunigk said she decided to become pregnant again because her nine-year-old daughter wanted a younger sibling.

Her decision was widely criticism by medical professionals as posing a risk both to her and the unborn babies.

"Any pregnancy of a woman over 45 has to be considered a high-risk pregnancy - over 60 this is naturally extreme," Dr Holger Stepan, head of obstetrics at the University of Leipzig, said.

"The 65-year-old body is definitely not designed to carry a pregnancy, not of one child and certainly not of quadruplets."

But Ms Raunigk, who became pregnant after multiple attempts with donated eggs at a clinic outside Germany, defended her choice to have more children.

"How does one have to behave at 65?" she asked. "They can see it how they want to, and I'll see it the way I think is right."

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