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What are the odds? Michigan couple has 12 children — all boys

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 13:21:13-04

ROCKFORD, Mich. — They may not beat the Duggars for sheer number of children, but this couple in Michigan has their own kind of reality-TV-worthy reproduction streak going on.

Kateri and Jay Schwandt of Rockford have 12 sons and no daughters, all conceived naturally, according to the Detroit Free Press. The odds of that happening are approximately 1 in 4,000. “Star Wars’ ” C-3PO says you have a better chance of navigating an asteroid field successfully than of duplicating their streak.

Kateri and Jay Schwandt of Rockford have 12 sons and no daughters.

Kateri and Jay Schwandt of Rockford have 12 sons and no daughters.

Better yet? Baby No. 13 is on the way, and Kateri, at least, is hoping for another boy.

The odds of THAT happening are about 1 in 8,000.

Of course, that’s not as unlikely as say, winning the Mega Millions jackpot (odds: 1 in 175,711,536). But it’s awfully close to your risk of being struck by lightning.

Here are some other birth odds:

Odds of having a boy: 1 in 2

Odds of having a girl: 1 in 2

Odds of having natural identical twins: About 1 in 250

Odds of having conjoined twins: About 1 in 200,000

Odds of twins giving birth on the same day: 1 in 400,000

Odds of having natural triplets: About 1 in 8,100

Odds of having natural quadruplets: About 1 in 700,000