Windstorm Mini-Baby Boom Reported at Local Hospital

Verdugo Hills Hospital reports a spike in August and September babies—about nine months from the time that people in Montrose, La Crescenta and La Cañada lost power for several days during the December 2011 windstorms.

The windstorm and subsequent power outages that wracked much of Northeast LA and the San Gabriel Valley in December 2011 may explain how Verdugo Hills Hospital saw a boost in baby births in August and September, about nine months following the power outages in Glendale and the Crescenta Valley, according to a hospital obstetrician. 

The hospital, which usually has about 50 deliveries each month, saw 69 births in August and 55 in September—a clear increase, said Steven Hartford, Ph.D., and Chief of VHH Medical Staff.  

"September and August were busy months," said Hartford. "That’s probably when these babies [were] delivering." 

Couples haven't told Hartford exactly when they conceived, but he did the math. 

"They’ve never specifically pointed it out. I think they’d be a little sheepish about the details," he said. 

"When there’s no power, there’s nothing to do, that’s how the younger people occupy their time,” he said.

Jinx October 01, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I'm guessing the author has not taken to account the already overwhelming amount of birthdays in August through September? Sure, it's not like cold winter months, the holidays, or even New Years Eve ever play any role in the births 9 months after.
Marcus October 01, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I agree. It's also interesting to note your own birthday and see whether conception dates back to a special date with your parents, such as a birthday, anniversary, public holiday etc.
flygirl October 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Can anyone say Debbie Downer? Waa wa...
Jinx October 04, 2012 at 03:19 AM
QQ moar. /yawn
HLPSUCKS November 20, 2012 at 02:33 AM


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