A 55 year old woman in Berlin has given birth to her thirteenth child. Six of her children have already grown up and moved out (her oldest is 34). I always enjoyed seeing large families in Germany, but I never saw one this big!
German Federal President Horst Köhler will be the child’s god-father. In Germany, the President can choose to become a god-parent when a woman has seven living children, including the newborn. But the President can only become a god-parent once per family.
An interesting thing about this story is the woman’s own feelings about children in Germany. She says that she initially only wanted to have one child but is very happy about all of her children and hopes that her story will encourage more women in Germany to have more children.
In truth, this will be a good idea considering the declining birthrate in Germany and the havoc that will wreak on social security and the German welfare state in the very near future (not enough workers per retiree to fund social security and other social programs).