Local Hospitals Reporting Later Than Normal Baby Boom

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The maternity ward at Iowa Methodist Medical Center has all hands on deck for a "baby boom" that is going later than usual.

In September, the hospital reported 310 births. That's 20 babies more than average.

Typically, births slow down in October but maternity ward workers anticipate being busy into early November this year.

Doctors credit everything from a colder than normal January to an upturn in the economy for the rise in births.

"We look back to what it was like during that first week in January and we had wind chills of 30 and 40 below zero, schools were canceled, parents didn’t go to work, and people didn't go out because it was too cold. We expected a bit of a baby boom with people keeping warm in the house,” said Deborah Tell, a nurse manager at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

In case you were wondering, September 16 is the most popular birth date in the United States.

All ten of the most popular birth dates are in September.

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