Fall Baby Boom Blamed on 'Cold Winter'

Sasha Brown-Worsham

If you're like me and you know an insane amount of women expecting babies this fall, you can tell them you know what they were up to while the rest of us were shoveling snow last winter!

Officials in Baltimore are reporting a small "baby boom" following the "snowmageddon" storms of earlier this year that blanketed much of the mid-Atlantic region.

This isn't the first "baby boom" and these happen sometimes during extreme weather and blackouts. The biggest one, of course, gave rise to the Baby Boomer generation post-World War II.

Some other true baby booms and some less true:

UK uptick this year: Health officials from the UK, which also had a particularly harsh winter, are seeing a similar surge in births and report that more than 600 12-week scans were carried out in March 2010, which is 100 above the normal monthly average.

2007 Seattle snowstorm: Officials reported a "baby boomlet" nine months following a major winter storm in Seattle.

Post-9/11 baby boom: Though this has largely been disproven, many still swear that there were more babies born in the summer of 2002 than are typically born in the summer.

Blackout babies: Both the 2003 New York City blackout and the 1965 one were blamed for small baby booms. Neither really had one, according to scientists.

"Even if the blackout did encourage people to have more sex, that's only one factor in the creation of a baby boom. Many couples still would be using contraception or would not be able to conceive on the night (or two) of the blackout. Finally, even if the couple conceives, they may not be able to carry the child to term or choose not to do so," said an article in Science Daily from 2004.

Do you think baby booms are real?


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