SANDY BABIES DELIVERING “DOUBLE DIGIT” INCREASE IN MONMOUTH COUNTY
After the storm, there is the stork.
Nine months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey coastline, some area families are still recovering and a few are happily expanding.
Maureen Gillespie, spokesperson for Jersey Shore University Medical Center says the hospital’s Maternity Unit has seen an almost 25% increase in births compared to July 2012.
“We welcomed 200 babies into the world last month,” said Gillespie.
Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch expects the increase in local population to continue this month.
“Based on the storm’s prolonged effect, the Sandy birthing period’s upward trend will extend well into the month of August with term and overdue deliveries,” said Carrie Cristello, Barnabas Health. “This is in addition to the double-digit increase in births in July.”
Making love… errr, good out of a stormy situation in November 2012, many couples spent a week or more with closed offices and zero power. Immediately after the storm, Monmouth Medical Center fast-tracked an expansion of its maternity services area.
“Due to birth projections from Sandy, the hospital administration put the OB expansion on the top of the priority list months ago,” said Dr. Robert Graebe, chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center. “We were prepared for this rare birth spike with additional private post-partum rooms, an additional nursery and an expanded NICU.”
Locals are privately sharing unique stories of sonograms and prenatal check-ups immediately after Superstorm Sandy with the help of power generators.
“This hospital has seen spikes in births in the past, however never due to a weather-related crisis such as Sandy,” said Dr. Graebe.