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3.5 million To 1 Odds Are Beat When Quadruplets Are Born On The 2012 Leap Year

So being pregnant and this year being a leap year, I thought about my sister who’s due date was near the end of February 2012. She was late and I was wondering if she was going to have a leap year baby. She ended up having her baby on March 3, 2012.

So what are the odds of being born on Leap Day? Well a rough answer is about 1,400 to 1. Well, what would you think the odds could be for having quadruplets on a Leap Year? According to doctors who delivered Reuben, Zachary, Joshua and Samuel Robbins, a group of quads, the odds for them being born on Leap Year were 3.5 million to 1, but it happened.

Emma and Martin Robbins new quadruplets, two of whom are identical twins, beat those 3.5 million to 1 odds. The Bristol Evening Post reported all 4 boys were delivered by Caesarean within 6 minutes of each other. They were born 11 weeks early and underweight but all are healthy with the smallest of them weighing 2 pounds 8 ounces with the biggest 3 pounds 1 ounce.

By 22 weeks, Emma was showing the size of a woman expecting a single baby after nine months of pregnancy. The father, Martin Robbins told the Bristol Evening that when they first heard they were having four boys that they did not select for “selective reduction,” the termination of one or more fetuses in cases of multiple pregnancies.

Martin told the paper “I think that things happen for a reason, and that we are blessed. Deep down at the bottom of my heart I know that we will find a way of coping,” He also added that “Emma is a project manager, so if anyone can deal with having quads it will be her.”

To find out more details on the pregnancy and the time building up till that special day check out the Bristol Evening Post article. As for Emma Robbins, she is keeping an online diary of journey with pregnancy at her blog “Emma’s Quad Diary.”



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  2. Sandy VanHoey on June 15, 2012 at 1:19 am

    oh my gosh….4 baby boys…YIKES They certainly are a blessing but I certainly hope they have lots of help at home. I couldn’t imaging. One can sometimes be overwhelming, to think of 4 and then, when they become toddlers, boys are so very active. Good luck to them! Good thing is, the boys can entertain one another.