Abilene Sees Baby Boom Nine Months After Harsh Winter

Published 08/14 2014 10:43AM

Updated 08/15 2014 09:42AM

It's baby season! Little bundles of joy are filling up birthing centers in Abilene--but the baby boom is no surprise to local doctors.

"I've had to turn them away, so I don't know what the delivery numbers are going to be like," says Dr.  Nicole Bullock of Abilene Regional Medical Center.

Subtract nine months from today's date, and you're sitting right in the dead of winter. Dr. Bullock explains while the weather was busy dropping below freezing, many people were inside, busy staying warm, if you will.

"Every year you just know what the little trend will be. That first ice storm, that first cold winter weekend, you'll see at least a little bump in delivery numbers," Dr. Bullock explains.

"I don't think they realize it's happening. But often time they'll make jokes or they'll be able to say, 'Oh, I know what weekend it happened,' so they are pretty aware that was the cause and effect," Dr. Bullock says.

The summer following a harsh winter is just one time of year that can lead to a spike in deliveries.

"It's just part of the year, part of what happens. You get New Year's babies you get Valentine's Day babies. You know all that stuff, you just see those little trends in what we see," says Dr. Bullock.

Another change of season is just around the corner--a reminder that while the sun is away, the stork could have another baby boom on the way!

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