Kit Steinkellner
April 14, 2015 1:14 pm

Last weekend, news broke that Annegret Raunigk, a 65-year old German woman, is pregnant with quadruplets. The Internet peanut gallery immediately latched onto the news asking questions like “how,” and “why,” and “what’s going on?” And “is this the oldest woman to ever be pregnant?”

(The answer to that last question is “no”, but not by much.)

As Buzzfeed explains, Raunigk, who is already the mother of 13 and the grandmother of  7, decided to try for another child after her youngest, her 9-year-old Leila, asked for a little sibling. (Fun fact: Raunigk also made national news in Germany a decade ago when she gave birth to Leila at the age of 55).

After several rounds of artificial insemination, Raunigk finally became pregnant with four embryos. So far, the pregnancy has been devoid of any major complications. When she delivers, she will be the oldest woman ever to give birth to quadruplets.

Of course, Raunigk has been inundated with questions regarding her pregnancy, her age, and the effect the pregnancy might have on her body and her unborn children’s bodies. Her responses to all the questions have been nothing short of admirable.

Raunigk told the publication Bild,  “I’m not actually afraid. I simply assume I’ll remain healthy and fit. In matters of organization I have enough experience, that’s not new for me.” When asked about the “moral implications” of being pregnant at her age by German broadcaster RTL, Raunigk gave essentially the most right on answer ever: “How does one have to be at 65? One must apparently always fit some cliches which I find rather tiring . . . I think, one must decide that for oneself.” Can’t argue with that.

Sure her choice may by unconventional (and it’s pretty safe to assume she wasn’t gambling on quads), but this is an example of  woman taking control of her life, her body, and choosing what works for her. This is a woman calling her own shots and dictating her own future. It’s pretty hard to argue with that.

We’re very excited for Raunigk to meet her little quadruplets when she delivers this summer. Those are definitely going to be four very special little babies.

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