What Can Trigger a Baby Boom?

What Can Trigger a Baby Boom? Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis—these large-scale natural disasters are not usually seen in a positive light, but what if they’re catalysts for more pregnancies? A recent article about an uptick in babies delivered in D.C. hospitals 9 months after the temporary government shutdown reminds us that sometimes radical changes give way for unexpected results, and in these cases, baby boom periods.

One of the most well-known baby boom periods in recent American history followed the soldiers’ return after World War II. So many babies were born in the following year that the newest generation earned the nickname “baby boomers” which sticks even today. In the case of natural disasters, storms and tornados can leave people out of work temporarily, in new housing, or heighten fears, all which can lead to more opportunities for pregnancy.

Even though the United States government halted non-essential positions for two weeks in October 2013, Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. confirmed that they have welcomed an additional three babies per day so far in July. Another hospital in Arlington noted that they have delivered 99 additional babies this spring compared to expected number of births. Though there’s no official link between the shutdown and a higher number of births, some doctors confirm that their patients oftentimes link a pregnancy’s beginning to a certain event or circumstance similar to those already stated. Blackouts, blizzards, a full moon—these are all examples of times which inspire conception according to one OB/GYN’s recount in the ABC News article.

Do you think there’s a connection between baby boom periods and out-of-the-norm events? Let us know in the comments!