We’ve seen this before, but this time, it’s on a larger scale. After natural disasters that force many to stay at home, and large metro area power outages that strand millions, about 9 months later there is a mini baby boom.

But this one is really a boom. In areas hit by last winter’s record blizzards and extended power outages across the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas of the country, the birth rate has spiked as much as 20% with maternity wards at hospitals scrambling to find space for a bumper crop of new babies happening now.

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