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A 65-year-old mother of 13 is pregnant with quadruplets

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The last time Annegret Raunigk gave birth, to her 13th child, she was 55 years old.

Now, the 65-year-old teacher from Germany is pregnant once again — this time with quadruplets conceived through in vitro fertilization, a German newspaper reported.

Critics have voiced concern that Raunigk purposefully sought out a high-risk pregnancy. “The 65-year-old body is definitely not designed to carry a pregnancy, not of one child and certainly not of quadruplets,” said Holger Stepan, head of obstetrics at the University of Leipzig

Pregnancies of women over the age of 45 are deemed high risk while “over 60 is naturally extreme.”

epa04701273 An archive picture made available on 12 April 2015 of then 55-year-old Annegret Raunigk (L) posing with her daughter Leila in Berlin, Germany, 03 November 2005. According to a German TV report to be aired on 13 April 2015, 65-year-old Raunigk is pregant again - now with quadruplets. She is already a mother of 13 and a grandmother of seven. EPA/PATRICK LUX

Raunigk could become the world’s oldest woman to give birth to quadruplets, but she wouldn’t be the oldest known woman to give birth.

Raunigk had her 13th child, Leila, in 2005. “I was surprised myself as the last baby wasn’t planned,” she said at the time, AFP reported. “I was told about it when I was 11 weeks pregnant.”

“At first, I only wanted one child,” she told Bild in 2005. “Not all were planned. But then things happen. I’m not a planner but rather spontaneous. And children keep me young.”

Raunigk, a Russian and English teacher nearing retirement, has children ranging in age from 9 to 44. She also has 7 garndchildren. She is expected to give birth to the quadruplets in two months, and AFP reports her pregnancy has been without any major complications so far.

Father at 13 !

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

You may have heard about Alfie Patten, 13 and his girlfriend Chantelle 15 who had a baby (Maisie) last week. The young parents are living with Chantelle’s mother Penny, 38, father Steve, 43, and five siblings in a council house in Eastbourne. The family lives on benefits.

For this weekend the two children find themselves at the centre of a global media feeding frenzy, bidding wars, contracts and the promise of hundreds of thousands of pounds – a sum many will see as a distinctly inappropriate return for a night of playing unprotected mothers and fathers. At least 15 television companies are locked in a fierce battle to make a documentary about the cherubic teenager’s young fatherhood, and media experts estimate Alfie could earn up to half a million pounds.

Despite what has been said about Alfie Patten, not all young families end in disaster.

James Sutton, from Manchester, became Britain’s youngest father of twins in 1999 when aged 13. James was only 12 when his 16-year old girlfriend, Sarah Drinkwater, conceived. The press predicted a bleak future but, a decade on, as well as looking after Leah and Louise, the couple have also had a third daughter, Ellie. After working full-time, James saved and bought the family their own £100,000 home. He helped look after the children while Sarah went through university. Speaking in 2007, James said: “If I could do it again I’d have waited until I was in my 20s, because I missed out on my own childhood.”

Read more on the Independent website