New York City Has A Baby Bump

Nine months after Hurricane Sandy put the lights out for a week or more in much of the city, Gotham’s delivery rooms will see a surge in babies.

“There’s definitely an uptick,” said Dr. Jacques Moritz, director of the division of gynecology at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. “This is just old basic physiology. There’s no Internet and no cable. What else is there to do?’ Dr. Moritz estimated that the number of women expected to deliver at his hospital at the end of July would be 10 to 20 percent higher than it was last year. At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Amos Grunebaum, chief of obstetrics and gynecology, said, “when we looked at the numbers, it’s 20 to 30 percent busier than usual for the last week of July and going into that first week of August.”

How many will be named Sandy?