Did the mid-December blizzard breed a baby boom?
Anecdotal evidence seems to say yes. “We seem to be extra busy,” says a worker at Virginia Physicians for Women.
J.C. Sadler, a spokeswoman for HCA's Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, adds, “We've seen some increase but it could be that people due in September haven't registered yet.”
An early-season snowstorm struck much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Dec. 18, resulting in 16 inches of snow in some parts of the state. In Richmond, flights were canceled and a photo of a nearly deserted Short Pump Town Center made The New York Times, with the snow slowing holiday shopping.
Richmonders were left with time on their hands and few distractions. But some of them should have plenty to do come September when a number of the snow babies are expected to arrive. A second baby boomlet may occur in November resulting from another blizzard in March.
Data is imprecise in any case. VCU Medical Center, for example, saw a big increase of births in June. “It was the second-highest we have seen in 10 years, but there is nothing unusual now,” says Malorie Janis, a VCU spokeswoman. Go figure.