The Times West Virginian

March 19, 2013

Hospital sees baby boom nine months after derecho


Associated Press

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg hospital is seeing a baby boom nine months after a windstorm left thousands of residents without electricity for several days.

Camden Clark Medical Center spokesman Tim Brunicardi says the hospital has delivered 74 babies over the past two weeks.

During the same period in 2012, there were 61 deliveries. In 2011, the hospital delivered 52 babies.

Brunicardi said there’s no way to determine whether the increase in births is related to the storm. But he says births typically increase following storms and power outages.

Linda Moncrief’s granddaughter gave birth to a baby boy last week. She says nurses at the hospital were calling newborns “derecho babies.”