ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Many of us were snowbound for a few days earlier this week, and that has local maternity wards looking forward to a baby boom nine months from now.
“We think back and reflect and sure enough there’s been either a snow storm or some big event that folks celebrated,” said Heather Thompson, the executive director of nursing for women’s services at Mercy Hospital.
It has happened before most notably following the big snowstorm of 1982.
But also in the summer of 2012 — nine months after the Cardinals won the 2011 World Series.
“One day we actually had a hundred babies admitted to the hospital,” she said. “We birthed about a hundred babies in a 2-3 day time period. And that’s a very high number.”
Another baby boom at Mercy came nine months as local soldiers returned home in 1991 at the end of the first Gulf War.
“We typically just recognize it in the moment. We think back ‘what was going on 40 weeks ago?'”