Hurricane Baby Boom?

hurricane_ikeIt’s taking a while for one consequence of Hurricane Ike to take effect — nine months, to be exact.

Many people were stranded at home with no electricity for days or even weeks after Ike slammed Southeast Texas on Sept. 13, and several obstetrical practices associated with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas say they’re expecting a mini-baby boom.

Dr. Rakhi Dimino, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Houston Women’s Care Associates, spent several days after Ike at home with her husband with no electricity and is set to give birth to her first child June 10. She told the Houston Chronicle she was doing “what everybody else in Houston was doing.”

“You can only do so much when there’s no television, nothing open and there’s nowhere to go,” said Dimino, 33.

Dr. John Irwin, the chief of surgery service at Woman’s Hospital who routinely delivers 15 to 20 babies a month, said he has 26 deliveries scheduled in June.

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