Miejsce Odrzanskie, a small town in Poland, has a strange population anomaly. No boy has been born there in the last ten years. To disrupt the imbalance, the local authorities have offered an incentive to the parents who would first give birth to a boy.
The town in south Poland has roughly 300 people, and according to Tomasz Golasz, head of the village volunteer fire brigade, the last boy was born there almost 12 years ago. "It has been going on for several decades. I came to the village, took a local girl for my wife, and we had two daughters. I would like to have a son, but it's probably unrealistic," he said.
The situation caught the attention of the Polish news media when in a regional competition for young volunteer firefighters, the village sent a team consisting only of girls. Polish outlet WP Wiadomości reported that the fire brigade consists of 24 young women and eight men, and the youngest team of volunteers is an all-girls team.
To motivate parents to keep trying for a male child, Rajmund Frischko, the mayor of Miejsce Odrzańskie said, "For my part, I have decided to reward the parents of the first boy born." Though he has not announced the award yet, he assures villagers that the gift will be attractive.
To further understand the reason why the town was only producing girls, he explored historical birth records, realizing that "Girls are constantly born, and the birth of boys is rare. Explaining this puzzle will not be easy."
Professor Rafał Płoski, Head of the Department of Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Warsaw, is also interested in finding out the reason behind the phenomenon. "You have to go deep into the history and check the birth statistics. Then you should check if the girl's parents are not related to each other, even to a very distant extent," he said.
He also feels that the environmental factors need to be rechecked and accurate interviews of parents and children are necessary to find out if any reason exists.
To make the situation worse, couples who already have two daughters do not want to try again for fear of having another daughter. Many have offered advice, including those that say that the villagers may walter their diets want to alter their diets
According to doctors, however, in-vitro fertilization is the only way to increase the chances of having a boy or a girl. Male chromosomes decide the sex of a child, and it is determined at conception.