SPOKANE, Wash. – Local doctors are theorizing that November’s windstorm that downed trees, powers lines and closed schools, may have been the perfect storm to conceive a baby.
Nine months after the storm doctors are seeing an influx in births. Northwest OB-GYN Physician Dr. Daniel Zwiesler said he usually expects an increase in births in fall and winter, but this year is different.
“We saw a big bump that was coming in July, August a couple of months ago or a month ago earlier than we would normally see and we really attribute that to the windstorm," said Dr. Zwiesler.
Dr. Zweisler thinks it is probably because of the unexpected free time couples had. He is not the only doctor making a connection between babies and the windstorm. Director of the Women's Center at Valley Hospital, Dr. Terri Carlson said she has seen it too.
“We actually have seen an increase in births here nine months after the wind storm, we've had approximately 20 to 22 more births than what we saw last year this time," said Dr. Carlson.
This is not the first time Dr. Carlson has seen numbers like this.
“I looked at the ice storm statistics too, years ago in '96, and I saw again a significant increase 9 months after that happened," Dr. Carlson explained.
Turns out studies have even been done on this. A 2008 Bringham Young University study found an uptick in births nine months following low-severity storms, the kinds that require most people to shelter in place rather than evacuate.