BERLIN— A 65-year-old German mother of 13 is getting ready to give birth again — this time to quadruplets.
Annegret Raunigk, a Berlin schoolteacher who is due soon to retire, is expected to give birth to the four babies within the next two months, Bild newspaper and RTL television reported.
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She already has children ranging in age from 9 to 44, from five fathers. Raunigk said she decided to become pregnant again because her 9-year-old daughter wanted a younger sibling.
Her decision was met with widespread criticism by medical professionals as a risk both to her and the unborn babies.
"Any pregnancy of a woman over age 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, told the dpa news agency.
"The 65-year-old body is definitely not designed to carry a pregnancy, not of one child and certainly not of quadruplets," he said.
Raunigk told Bild that donated eggs were fertilized and implanted at a clinic outside Germany, which was successful only after multiple attempts.
She defended her decision: "How does one have to behave at 65?"
"They can see it how they want to," she said, "and I'll see it the way I think is right."