- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Just under nine months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New Jersey shoreline, hospitals in the area are reporting a curious spike in births.

Dr. Robert Graebe at the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch told Fox 5 News that the neonatal unit has seen a 30 percent jump compared to last year.

“It was a crazy time,” Dr. Steven Morgan, who practices obstetrics and gynecology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, told the New York Daily News. “A lot of people were home, a lot of people didn’t have TV, and obviously a lot of reproduction was happening.”

Jersey Shore University Medical Center expects about 200 births this month, up from 160 in July 2012, the Daily News reported.

Nick and Alissa Berse gave birth to their storm baby, Madison, on July 10. Christopher and Robin McCann are also also celebrating the birth of their storm baby, Sage Lawrence, Fox 5 reported.

Monmouth Medical Center Psychiatrist Christine Tintorer said that some fears, like a major storm, or just plain boredom due to a loss in electricity can lead to an increase in sex.

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“There is something about that heightened arousal, that sense of emergency and danger that does seem to cause people to form this physical connection, to kind of compensate in some way,” she told the Daily News.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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