Six Months After Harvey, Sure Enough, Pregnancies Shoot up in Coastal Bend

Call it the Hurricane Harvey Baby Boom.

News Radio 1200 WOAI reports that nearly six months after Hurricane Harvey blew through the Coastal Bend region around Corpus Christi, OB/GYNs are seeing a massive increase in women who are nearly six months pregnant.

"I actually pulled some of may reporters, and looked at that," Anne Marie Simms, Administrator for the Coastal Bend Women's Center at the Bay Area Hospital told News Radio 1200 WOAI's Megan Bishop.  "We had an increase of seventy patients, which equates to about about an 85% incerase in the number of pregnancies."

Simms points out that not only did Hurricane Harvey require people to stay indoors while the massive storm blew through, it also knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of Coastal Bend homes.

"Candlelight's kinda nice," he said.  "There may have been a lot of people who may have been trying to get pregnant before that, and then, lo and behold, there's nothing left to do."

She says May going to be a very busy time at the Women's Center, because that will mark nine months after Hurricane Harvey, so she says, no vacations allowed!

"I'm going to have to put a moratorium on that, so no doctor is going to be able to take a vacation in May, because they have to take care of all of the babies that are delivered in our group," Simms said.  "It's going to be a busy May."


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