A FIFTY-year-old woman with eight grandchildren is to become the UK’s oldest mum of quads.
Tracey Britten is expecting three girls, including identical twins, and a boy after spending £7,000 on IVF treatment in Cyprus.
The mum of three, of London, said: “Every year I still wanted another child. I got to 50 and thought, ‘I’m just going to do it.’ ”
Tracey spent £7,000 inheritance on a last-ditch bid to have another child.
Now she and husband Stephen are expecting three girls, including identical twins, and a boy.
She said her mum Pauline Smith “always wanted twins” in the family — and feels the babies are a present from her.
Tracey — already a mother of three with eight grandchildren — “doesn’t care” what critics say.
She said: “People have said, ‘You’re a gran having kids’. Well, so what? I won’t be the first and I won’t be the last.
“I don’t look 50 and I don’t feel 50. People can say what they want. They don’t know my story.
“When they see four beautiful babies they’ll change their mind.”
Tracey had her three children — now 32, 31 and 22 — with her first husband. They split in 2003.
She met Stephen two years later. Within a year she fell pregnant but they chose an abortion because the “time wasn’t right”.
Former drugs counsellor Tracey said: “It was incredibly traumatic. It’s a big part of what led me to wanting another child.”
This year Londoner Tracey decided to use cash her mum left on IVF treatment abroad.
She began hormone jabs at home and in April flew to Cyp- rus — telling pals it was a holiday.
She went to the private Kolan British IVF Center where her eggs were extracted and fertilised by Stephen’s sperm. Four embryos were implanted.
One stopped growing and one divided to make twins.
She is 25 weeks pregnant and set to be the UK’s oldest mum of quads. Doctors are planning a caesarean birth at 32 weeks.
Tracey, who has eight grandkids aged from seven months to 11, has never lived with roofer Stephen.
She aims to raise the quads in her rented three-bed home, with him dropping in to help.
Professor Geeta Nargund, medical director of CREATE Fertility, said: “The cost to the NHS of looking after these premature babies is likely to be hundreds of thousands of pounds. I wish her and her babies every luck.”