Baby boom in Colorado Springs; Black Forest Fire a theory

Baby boom in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - There's a baby boom going on in Colorado Springs and it could have something to do with the Black Forest Fire.

302 babies were born at St. Francis Medical Center in March. Nurses there say they usually deliver about 200 babies.

St. Francis opened a little more than five years ago. A nurse says they were delivering about 180 babies then. Now that number has nearly doubled.

The VP of Nursing Martha Grubaugh says the Black Forest Fire may have a role in the high number of babies born last month. It was nine months ago when a wildfire burned more than 400 homes. St. Francis says nothing's confirmed, but there are theories.

"We've been talking about the possibility of the Black Forest Fire impacting deliveries for this month," said Grubaugh. "Certainly that could be a factor playing into our high deliveries as well."

Parkview Medical in Pueblo delivered 124 babies in March. That's a little more than average, but the hospital says so far this month (April), it's already had big delivery numbers.

St. Mary Corwin hospital in Pueblo also had a small jump in baby deliveries last month. A spokesperson there says weather like the Black Forest Fire could be a factor. She says her grandson was born nine months after Hurricane Katrina.

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