The windstorm and subsequent power outages in December 2011 may explain how Verdugo Hills Hospital saw a boost in baby births for August and September, about nine months following the power outages in Glendale and the Crescenta Valley, according to a hospital obstetrician.
The hospital usually has about 50 deliveries each month, but saw 69 births in August and 55 so far in September - a clear increase, said Steven Hartford, Ph.D., and Chief of VHH Medical Staff.
"September and August were busy months. That’s probably when these babies [were] delivering," said Steven Hartford, Ph.D., and Chief of VHH Medical Staff.
Couples haven't told Hartford exactly when they conceived, but he did the math.
"They’ve never specifically pointed it out. I think they’d be a little sheepish about the details," he said.
"When there’s no power, there’s nothing to do, that’s how the younger people occupy their time,” he said.