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Holiday blizzard spawns baby boom in Oklahoma

Remember last year's Christmas Eve blizzard? Two Oklahoma City hospitals report more births nine months after the storm. One new mother says she's crediting the storm for her blizzard baby.
BY SONYA COLBERG Published: September 23, 2010

But Preston said they knew the storm would keep the labor department hopping even more about this time.

Hospital staffers always count forward nine months after a big storm or weather event so that they can plan for more babies. Although the scientific research doesn't necessarily back up the idea, anecdotally, traumatic events such as 9/11 also seem to produce more babies.

"It's a source of comfort. Make a baby," Preston said. "Well, it's a source of comfort until maybe they reach the teen years."

St. Anthony Hospital is projecting an 8 percent increase in babies born this month, with 100 births so far. Although the hospital can't attribute it to the storm, the number compares with 113 for the entire month of September last year.

So far, 2,225 Oklahoma babies were born in September, though there's a reporting lag of about a week, the state Health Department reports.

The number is in line with previous Septembers. July, August and September are typically higher birth months than others, said Derek Pate, the Health Department's quality assurance coordinator.

Jennifer Haskins said the family is excited about their new addition, Casen.

"He's wonderful," Jennifer Haskins said.

"But, next storm, it definitely won't happen."


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