Many New York City hospitals anticipated a 10 to 30 percent increase in baby births due to Hurricane Sandy rocking the Tri-State area last October. The assumption is that once the electricity went out, the lack of television and lights got couples ‘in the mood.’ Of course, walking to the corner store or bodega for a box of condoms was out of the question.
“We started noticing a couple of weeks ago that we were getting really busy with phone calls and lab results and charts. We were like, what is going on here?” said Linda Roberts, a nurse manager at an OB/GYN office in Westchester, to the New York Post.
Dr. Jacques Moritz, director of the division of gynecology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, also told the publication, “There was a bump during 9/11, and there have been bumps after blackouts and hurricanes.”
While the horny hurricane couples theory works for some experts, others say there is little research correlating big storms and an increase in birthrate. “There is this misconception that if you are sitting in the dark you should have babies, but in this day and age people either plan when they will have their babies, or those who don't will have them irrespective of the weather,” said Dr. Raymond Sandler, director of labor and delivery at Mt. Sinai Hospital, to ABC News.
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