May 12, 2009
Baby boomlet trails Hurricane Ike
Doctors in the Houston area say the power outage that followed Hurricane Ike last year seems to have led to a miniature baby boom.
Dr. John Irwin, president of Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, told the Houston Chronicle he has 26 deliveries scheduled for June, a month in which he normally delivers 15 to 20 babies. Other doctors in his practice have seen a similar rise in numbers, he said.
Ike hit the Gulf Coast of Texas Sept. 12, with the eye making landfall on Galveston Island early the next morning. Thousands of people were without power for four days, losing access to television, computers and other modern distractions.
Dr. Rakhi Dimino, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Houston Women's Care Associates, is both an observer and a participant in the baby boom. She told the Chronicle her baby is due June 10.
What everybody else in Houston was doing, Dimino told the Chronicle when asked how she and her husband spent the days after the storm.
You can only do so much when there's no television, nothing open and there's nowhere to go.