It's been months since Hurricane Sandy rattled the East Coast, but we haven't seen the last of its impact by any means. Now, it appears as though maternity wards will feel Hurricane Sandy, as hospitals have noticed a rise in due dates for July and August.
According to the New York Post, doctors report seeing a 30 percent jump in end of summer due dates. It makes sense though—New Yorkers without power occupied themselves during the superstorm by enjoying the pleasures of the flesh. Nothing sets the mood like a disaster, right?
A post-crisis baby boom is not a new phenomenon, either. Dr. Jacques Moritz, director of the division of gynecology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, says “There was a bump during 9/11, there have been bumps after blackouts and hurricanes."
Business Insider added that this theory goes all the way back to New York City's November 1965 blackout. The New York Times penned an article about the increased birth rate the following August, though it would later say that the original report has been "debunked."
Another proposed theory for the spike in post-Sandy births is no access to birth control methods.