Baby Boom Hits North Texas Nearly 9 Months After Ice Storm

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    North Texas hospitals have noticed an uptick in births in recent weeks, as an apparent baby boom follows last winter's ice storm. (Published Friday, Aug 8, 2014)

    Business is busier than ever for some hospitals across North Texas as a baby boom, not so surprisingly, is hitting almost nine months after the ice storm wreaked havoc across the Metroplex.

    "The storm comes, and what else is there to do but stay inside and keep each other company?" said LaToya Scales, a nurse at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

    She said it's not uncommon to see more births during the later summer months, but now more than ever, Baylor is bursting at the seems with babies.

    "We're seeing more births. We've had 50 more deliveries in July than we did this time last year," Scales said.

    She said on an average day, doctors will deliver 10 babies per day. Last month, they had 24 deliveries in just one day.

    "We say it's job security. We'll never be out of a job," Scales joked.

    One couple who cozied up during the storm was Monica and Marcus Sais.

    The family had wanted a second child and after years of trying and no luck, but just weeks after the storm, Monica Sais said she got her Christmas present early when she found out she was pregnant.

    Monica Sais said it's not just her. She has at least five friends who are all due within the upcoming weeks.

    "It all makes sense. What else are you going to do when it's cold outside? Snuggle up!" she said.

    This week, she received the perfect present in the form of her newborn son, Luca.

    Weighing in an 9 pounds 2 ounces, he has a new nickname his parents might keep to themselves.

    "We can call him that: Luca Winter Baby Boom," Monica Sais said.