Grandma Becomes Oldest Woman in the UK to Give Birth to Quadruplets

At 50 years old, the mother of three and grandmother of eight defied the million to one odds.
ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Nov 2018
4 eggs in rainbow light represnting miracle ivf quadruplet story

Londoner Tracey Britten is making headlines after she recently gave birth to quadruplets. The reason? The 50-year-old woman is already a mom of three and grandmother of eight, and now ranks as the oldest woman in the UK to give birth to quadruplets, The Sun reports.

The mom previously had three children with her first husband, who she split from in 2003. She’s since been with her long-time partner, Stephen. When the woman lost her mother, she decided to use her £7,000 inheritance on IVF treatment, according to The Sun.

“Every year I still wanted another child. I got to 50 and thought, ‘I’m just going to do it,’” Britten tells The Sun.

While at her 30-week scan, doctors raised concerns with one baby who was struggling with blood flow. Worried it may put the others in danger, Britten was rushed into surgery with 35 medical professionals on hand, The Sun reports.

At 31 weeks, the mom and grandma delivered her babies via c-section. The three girls and one boy were taken to the intensive care unit, where they needed breathing tubes and to be fed through drips. Since then, the mom of many tells The Sun all four are making good progress and hopes to have them all home by the holidays.

“I only wanted one child and was blessed with four. It’s a miracle. I didn’t realize we’ve made history,” she says.

Doctors have long warned of certain pregnancy complications which may arise for woman over 35, and a recent study suggests of some health issues linked to older fathers. That said, the couple’s miracle quadruplets are a pretty remarkable story.

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