Storms Lead to Baby Boom on the East Coast

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NASHUA, N. H. -- It's been nine month since a powerful winter storm left families without power in New Hampshire. Now, area hospitals say they're seeing a baby boom!

Kelly Rodriguez and her husband welcomed their second child on Tuesday morning. Hospital staff at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center says the birthplace unit
has been very busy.

"It's been all hands on deck and we have a phenomenal team here so...yes, they've all pulled together," said Carol McIntyre Registered Nurse.

The hospital says they usually average 20 to 25 babies a week. Since mid-July, it's been twice that number.

"We usually see a little spike up in July because the winter season is starting, but this year it seemed just a little bit more," McIntyre said.

The hospital has had staff working overtime and they've had to open up rooms outside the dedicated birth place unit to accommodate all the expecting moms. Kelly Rodrigues is not surprised. She remembers the nor'easter that knocked out power in her Town of Hudson back around Halloween. She and her husband were without power for two weeks.

"Needless to say within one week of all the power being out, we conceived miss Juliana," Rodrigues said.

Hospitals as far south as New Jersey have been seeing the baby boom, too! Some hospitals say they started seeing the increase in deliveries as early as April and May, nine months after Tropical Storm Irene.

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