No post-Sandy baby boom in Connecticut

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Maybe Connecticut couples just don’t like being alone in the dark together.
Though other regions of the Northeast, including New Jersey reported that Hurricane Sandy — which crashed into the tri-state area last October — caused a spike in birth rates, that doesn’t seem to be the case in Connecticut.
“There was no potential impact of Sandy” on births in Connecticut, said state Department of Public Health spokesman William Gerrish.

There’s an urban myth that there are often spikes in births nine months after blizzards, power outages and other events that leave people alone together for days on end. Though there’s been scientific evidence disputing that, others swear it’s true. But, according to the state Department of Public Health, births in July and August, when so-called Sandy babies would have been born, didn’t increase. In fact, there was a slight dip in babies from the same time the previous year.

In July, there were 3,185 babies born in the state — compared with 3,196 the previous year. In August of this year, when the later Sandy babies would have come into the world, there was a total of 3,163 little ones born. That’s a big dip from August of 2012, when 3,372 babies were born.

Maybe’s because the power outages made it impossible to chill champagne or pop on some sexy tunes. Or, in some cases, shower.

Amanda Cuda

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