Sandy baby boom begins! New Jersey hospitals report that the number of deliveries are up by 30% nine months after the Hurricane
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:24 July 2013
The number of babies born in parts of New Jersey has increased by more than 30 per cent as a result of couples having sex while hiding out during Hurricane Sandy.
Nearly nine months after the devastating hurricane tore through much of New York and New Jersey, there is a new wave of repercussions being felt in area hospitals.
That was the case for Alissa and Nichols Berse who fled their Monmouth, New Jersey home for a hotel further away from the shore in fear that their house would experience flooding during the October 29, 2012.
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On July 10, the couple welcomed their new daughter Madison into the world, which they explained was the result of their precautionary hotel trip.
‘I said “What’s the worst that can happen? Nothing happens, we stayed in a hotel one night, we spent $150- big deal,”‘ Mrs Berse told the Ashbury Park Press.
‘We didn’t think the power would go out in the hotel and so we had all the preparations just to hang out and have fun. One thing lead to another and a couple of bottles of wine later it just happened,’ her husband Nichols told MyFoxNY.
The couple viewed the pregnancy as something of a happy accident, as Mrs Berse said that they had been ‘trying to have a baby anyway and so we figured why not try that day?’
They are not the only couple who had that idea as Dr Robert Graebe of Monmouth Medical Center said that their neonatal unit has seen a 34 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.’
Others go further and say that the baby bump is not unique to New Jersey or even this particular storm.
‘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. If you are running for your life or being evacuated or flooded out, you are not making babies.’
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