What Are the Odds? Quadruplets Born on Leap DayCarolyn Castiglia
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.