Emma and Martin Robbins of Bristol, England welcomed quadruplets Reuben, Zachary, Joshua and Samuel Robbins on Leap Day, February 29th. The babies were conceived naturally and delivered via C-section 11 weeks early; they were all underweight, the smallest at 2 pounds, 8 ounces. The Robbins’ chose not to selectively reduce their high-risk pregnancy. Martin Robbins told the Bristol Evening Post, “Emma is a project manager, so if anyone can deal with having quads it will be her.”
So what are the odds of naturally conceiving quadruplets, let alone giving birth to them on a day that only comes around every four years?
Odds of naturally conceiving quadruplets: 1 in 750,000
Odds of giving birth on Leap Day: 1 in 1,400
Odds of giving birth to quads on Leap Day: 1 in 3.5 million
What I find even more interesting about this birth than the odds associated with it is the fact that despite delivering via C-section, “Emma was given a regional anaesthetic, so she was able to see the babies being born and touch each of them.” Wow.