Most women around the age of 65 are occupied with their grandchildren, but not for this German woman. She decided she wanted to be a mom — again.
65-year-old grandmother of 7 and mother of 13 children, (ages 10 to 44), Annegret Raunigk is pregnant with quadruplets. This is her 14th pregnancy.
It all began with Annegret's youngest daughter asking her if she could have a younger sibling. Annegret agreed she too wanted more children, so she began researching for the best fertility center near her hometown.
Due to her age and having gone through menopause already, she couldn't conceive naturally. Since Germany has strict laws against in vitro fertilization, IVF, Annegret had to travel to Ukraine to have the procedure.
Annegret jumped through several hoops before becoming pregnant. She not only had to find a sperm donor, she also had to find an egg donor.
After a few months, Annegret discovered she was pregnant with not one baby, but four! At her ultrasound appointment, her OB/GYN gave her the option for selective termination since her age put her at a high-risk level — even for one baby she was considered high-risk. Annegret decided to keep the babies and undergo the risky pregnancy.
"I sleep very little but I know I can take care of them," Annegret said.
Around six and a half months, Annegret quickly was admitted to the hospital. Even though the likelihood of all four babies surviving was low, Annegret delivered three boys and one girl three months before her due date.
Annegret named her babies Bence, Fjonn, Dries, and Neeta. Bence was born weighing 1lb 8oz, Fjonn was 1lb 10oz, Dries was 2lbs 2oz, while the girl, Neeta, was born weighing only 1lb 7oz.
The babies were born severely underweight and immediately were hooked up to breathing tubes in an incubator. After their extended hospital stay, the doctors at Neonatology Department at Berlin's Charite Hospital gave the green light to their discharge.
While the doctors have warned Annegret about the potential lifelong health complications, such lung, intestinal, eye and even brain development, Professor Christopher Buhrer stated, "All have developed well, they have grown wonderfully in a short time. The children were born through Caesarian section but all four are now as strong and as heavy as if they had been born naturally."
Many people have voiced their thoughts about Annegret's decision to have more kids at her age. While she was married only once, her 13 children were created by five different fathers.
"My experience with men was that I never found the right one," she said. She went on to say that she didn't think much of men and said, "there aren't many who would fit the bill."
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