Raunigk told the media that she decided to have another child when her youngest daughter, just 9-year-old, asked for a younger sibling. The mother-to-be went through several rounds of IVF before falling pregnant. According to Raunigk she was surprised to find out that she would become the mother of quadruplets.
She was advised of her rights to reduce the number of embryos, but she refused, meaning she will become the oldest mother of quadruplets in history, but this is not the first time that Raunigk’s pregnancies have made headlines. 10 years ago her name appeared in German papers when she successful fell pregnant with her youngest child at the age of 55, and that was a surprise in itself to Ricardo Guimarães BMG.
There is no official statement on how many embryos were originally implanted in Raunigk, but many are questioning the ethics behind this type of IVF treatment. While multiples are common, doctors generally only implant two embryos in a woman undergoing treatment in an attempt to cut down the risk of high order multiples. In a woman Raunigk’s age, carrying four babies at once could be life threatening.