I was amused to see that a New Jersey town’s recent mini-baby boom could be traced back to a massive snowstorm some 40 weeks ago. People were trapped at home for days on end with nothing to entertain them but the Internet, cable TV, and their telephones -- what else were they to do but get busy? And who’s going out in the snow for a condom? Gives me faith in humanity, it does. Just like the rescue of the Chilean miners. Perhaps we can expect some births in 9 months from that group.
Snowstorms and intense situations aren’t the only oops-a-daisy reason for upticks in births. I sometimes like to refer to Abby as our Recession Baby, since she was conceived during the sudden full days both my husband and I spent at home after we were both laid off.
Get it? Laid off?
It got me wondering what other reasons there might be for mini-baby-booms.
I can’t confirm these (Snopes seems to think it’s a bunch of hogwash, those buzzkills), but a trip around the Internet shows these events as setting off elevated birth rates:
And it sure would be nice to meet 33 new babies born out of the intense ordeal the miners went through. One was already born while the miner was trapped -- and once they all regain their strength and mojo, perhaps we'll all have even more reason to celebrate.
Did you have a baby as a result of a larger, unforeseen event? Tell us about it in the comments!
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