Family's 3 Kids Born on 8/8/08, 9/9/09, and 10/10/10

But it's not that strange, statisticians say
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2010 12:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barbara Soper managed a feat that seems like it should be impossible: She had her three children on 8/8/08, 9/9/09, and 10/10/10. No, she isn’t a mathematician who planned out her pregnancies to happen that way: Her first child was born full-term, but the next two were both born early—and both were actually induced a day prior to being born, USA Today reports.

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Of course, along come the statisticians to make the story a lot less magical: “The probability is not as astronomical as you might be compelled to think,” says one. Another says the chance of such a series of births is about 1 in 2,500—not all that “extraordinary,” he says, since thousands of women in the US gave birth during those years. What is extraordinary, The Stir notes, is that Soper was pregnant or recovering for three years straight. For more on that, click here.
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