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    Washington, DC Having A Post-Shutdown Baby Boom

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    Maternity wards at Washington D.C. area hospital have been more packed than usual, and many believe the October government shut down has a lot to do with it.

    Maternity wards at Washington D.C. area hospital have been more packed than usual, and many believe the October government shut down has a lot to do with it.

    It’s been 9 months since the 16-day furlough, and the theory is that the two weeks with no work resulted in a lot of baby making.

    The numbers to support that line of thinking are certainly there.

    Arlington’s Virginia Hospital Center reported that in recent months they’ve delivered 100 more babies than they did during the same period last year.

    Sibley Memorial Hospital, which is located in Northwest Washington D.C., has over the past weeks been up around 3 babies a day compared to their norm.

    Yulette Newman, a nurse at Sibley said, “We keep getting asked, ‘What’s going on?’ And we sit back and say, ‘Well, you’re in D.C. What was happening nine months ago?’ ”

    It’s also been pointed out that she saw this coming.

    On the 10th day of the 2013 government shutdown Newman posted a photo of a birth date prediction wheel and captioned it, “Furlough babies????”

    Interestingly, D.C. does seem to be the only US city affected by the work interruption in that way.