Will Chilean Miners Have a Mini Baby Boom in 9 Months?


Snow BabyI 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:

  • The Millennium: Apparently a lot of people wanted to have a Year 2000 baby, and pushed for birthing in the early months of the new century.
  • The Year of the Golden Pig: Young couples were scrambling to make sure their kids were born during this auspicious year in the Chinese lunar calendar (in 2008).
  • Stimulus Packages (no, seriously): In response to shrinking birth rates, countries like Italy and Russia have seen their populations rise as they offered prize money for new babies.
  • Availability of IVF: As provinces in Canada consider covering more and more IVF treatments, they wonder about a corresponding increase in mini-Canucks, eh?
  • Chinook Salmon: A copious supply of food led to seven new babies born ... to a pod of Orcas in Puget Sound. Come on, that counts!

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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spark... sparky1006

I'm sure down the line,somewhere.You have to re kindle the time you were apart

Agent... Agentmomyyc

My first is a 9/11 baby.  I was a flight attendant and was flying the day the towers were hit.  I was stuck with my crew away from home for 4 days.  I needed A LOT of comfort when I got home:)

Beths... Bethsunshine

My first is a new millenium baby. We had been trying for about a year and a half to get pregnant and I was on Clomid. My husband heard on the radio that one particular weekend in April was the time to conceive a new millenium baby. Soooooo.....

I'll spare you the details. Anyway, Connor decided to come on January 5th, 2000, even though we did our best to get him to come on the 1st. Oh well, he was born on his Pap-Pap's birthday, and was the first grandson on my  husband's side of the family, so his birthday was very exciting!!

Charm... CharmCityMel

Many east coast cities are going to see a small boom in the next 4 weeks or so as all the mid February blizzard babies (my own included) will be born.

ksbon... ksbondgirl

I should think so because many of those miners not only had wives but they also had girlfriends on the side!

moder... modernmom2010

There is reportedly a Baby Boom in New Orleans right now contributed to the Saints Superbowl win. They're called Little Who Dats! ;)

betha... bethany169

In the military, we have "Iraq babies"--babies that are born 9 months after the spouse returns from deployment.  It took us a little longer but our son was born 11 months after I got back from Iraq :)  Most military bases also have mini baby booms 9 months after a unit deploys (I guess soldiers figure their wives will be less likely to screw around while they're gone if they're pregnant LOL)  And I'm totally kidding about that, please, military wives, don't take offense, I know the great majority of spouses are supportive and faithful (mine was!!), there's just that awful minority of spouses who cheat and take advantage of servicemembers....

sodapple sodapple

at my daugthers school we were talking about that, there will be 33 baby in 9 months give or take lol., but one is already expecting or gave birth and the cheater unless the mistress has the baby. =-/

CoolR... CoolRelax

@Bethany - LOL!!! I'm having "Iraq babies".  My girls were conceived like the week before my fiance deployed, and I have been teased endlessly by my friends that he just wanted to make sure I didn't have too much fun in the summer while he was gone.  Shoot, when you know you're not going to see your loved one for months you tend to "make the most" of the time you have before they leave.  And apparently from your story, when they get back as well, lol.   

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