According to The Daily Mail, hospitals in and around the Jersey shore are reporting an increased birth rate of 30 percent since the storm hit the area nine months ago on October 29, 2012. The storm, which left eight million people without power, caused $68 billion in damage along the eastern coast of the Mid-Atlantic.
As bad as it was, however, much good appears to be coming out of it.
Dr. Robert Graebe of Monmouth Medical Center said their neonatal unit has seen a 30 per cent increase in births this month as compared to the same month last year.
“This month we anticipate it will go from about 370 deliveries to about 500 deliveries,” he told MyFoxNY. “We think this will be one of the biggest jumps that we’ll see.”
Officials at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Galloway Township, N.J., near Atlantic City, is also experiencing a bump in birthrates.
“The people know the exact time, when, where and how of conception in and around Sandy,” Dr. Sal Carfagno of Atlanticare Regional to the International Business Times.
He confirmed a 25 percent increase in births in July and up to 15 deliveries a day, a jump from previous months’ maximum of eight. “It’s very unusual. Most people can’t give that type of detail with respect to when they conceived their babies.”
The sudden spike in the birth rate proves that couples who were riding out the storm last year found something to do when the lights went out – make babies.
“People just love hurricanes and sex,” economics professor Richard W. Evans told the Ashbury Park Press.
“If your lights go out and your electricity goes out but you can stay in your house, fertility increases.”
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