North Carolina's New Hanover Regional Medical Center reports that there was a significant uptick in the number of babies born during Hurricane Irene. Seventeen babies were born while the hospital was on 18-hour lockdown on Friday and Saturday. "Certainly, it is noteworthy," said spokeswoman Carolyn Fisher. "The normal average per day is more like 10 or 11." Disappointingly, none of the moms chose to name their baby Irene, but perhaps we'll see a surge in the name's popularity nine months from now.
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A nurse friend of mine was telling me that more babies are born during severe weather because of the change in pressure. Don't know the science behind it, but I guess it makes you go into labor!