A 65-year-old schoolteacher is set to become the oldest woman ever to give birth to quadruplets.
German Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children. Her latest pregnancy was the result of artificial insemination using both donated sperm and eggs.
But the English and Russian teacher, who is due to retire this year, said she decided to have the babies as she was ‘still quite fit’ and capable of looking after them. She added: ‘I don’t think I will have any problems.’
Ms Raunigk, from Berlin, previously made headlines in Germany when she had her daughter Leila at the age of 55. Her 13 children – the oldest of whom is 44 – are by five different fathers.
She defended her decisions to get pregnant later in life, saying: ‘I think one needs to decide for oneself and not listen too much to the opinions of others.’