Birth of Hope
life has risen from the ashes of death.
a time of economic uncertainty and personal insecurity, couples
around the country have defied the pessimism and decided to have
a child. Many of these couples say they were influenced to do so
because of the events of September 11. If we had begun to
take each other and our child for granted, this ended on that day,
says Beck Bromberg, whose wife was due in July.
everyone is convinced that weve seen a September 11
baby boom, but while it will take time to compile official
numbers, obstetricians say theyve definitely noticed an increase
in business since September. Hospitals around the country expected
increases in births this summer, beginning in mid-Juneanecdotally
they expected a 15-50% increaseand the numbers are highest
in the New York/Washington vicinity.
is a definite indication that many women conceived around that time,
says OB/GYN Brian Geary. I think that people didnt go
to work and that they were clinging to their loved ones. It certainly
Kastell, anobstetrician and professor at Long Island College Hospital
in New York City, says, This was kind of a wake-up call for
people. They saw the towers burning and when they got home they
said, You know, its never going to be the right time.
We should start now. He says his Brooklyn practice
expected an increase in deliveries of 20-25% starting in mid-June.
comedian Chris Rock said that the events of last September convinced
him and his wife to conceive a child.
anecdotal evidence of a mini baby boom is seen in the consumer side
of births. The Stork Avenue birth announcement company added staff
because their catalog requests indicated that business could quadruple
over the summer, and Forty Weeks, which wholesales products for
babies and new moms, has seen an increase of more than 75% in sales.
having a baby in such an unstable time may seem to go against the
grain, parent whove chosen to say they did it out of a need
for togetherness, healing, and patriotism.
think that when our eventuality is put in front of us like this,
that having children is important, says midwife Alice Brayer.
The renewed sense of family is reflected in a shift to more traditional,
biblical names such as Jacob and Mary, say analysts.
Acosta, who was due in July, shares the hope of many post-September
11 parents when she says, Maybe our child can help in some
small way to make the world a better place.
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