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Nov132008

Obama-ma Boom

My son sent me this article this morning. Great news for us in the birthing industry!

The Obama Baby Boom by Dr. Manny Alvarez

The other day I was asked if I expected an increase in the number of babies that I will be delivering in 2009 and I said "Absolutely, I expect an Obama baby boom."

Now this is a topic that I know a lot about. Pregnancies come in cycles. I mean let's face it, some pregnancies are accidental, some pregnancies are planned. But the trend has always been that life-changing events tend to bring people together. And you know what happens when we bring people together, nine months later, we have a blessed child.

I don't know what it is about these life-changing events, maybe fear or euphoria is the most attractive indicator, but nonetheless, as someone who runs a hospital that delivers more than 6,000 babies a year, I have a pretty good idea when we can expect our birth rates to go up.

Now let's talk about those life-changing events. Politics in and of itself does not make a very sexy scenario to plan a pregnancy. But I can go as far back as 1961 with the election of John F. Kennedy to tell you that following his election cycle, we saw an increase in births. The last four Republican presidents have also seen a spike in the birth rate during their presidencies. So if the trend continues, I do expect president-elect Obama to give us a significant increase in the national birth rate.

However, I think that this Obama baby boom might be more significant than others. The reason? There are two key factors president-elect Obama is bringing to the table that we have not seen on a national level in many years. Number one: Obama has such a positive optimism in some of the changes he has offered, which have resonated in the psyche of many Americans. And two:One of the top priorities on president-elect Obama's agenda that he would like to try to accomplish in the early phases of his presidency is healthcare reform.

So I hope that president-elect Obama sets his sights on women's healthcare with a focus on giving women the access to prenatal care that they truly deserve. Yes, this is going to be "change that you can believe in."

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I think, in view of the economic situation, that the exact opposite will happen. During times of financial instability, families choose to postpone having children. Further, Obama cannot waste time or money on reforming health care until the economy recovers.

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAntigonos

That thought is actually what prompted the discussion in the first place! It will be interesting to see. I absolutely believe that there will be a slew of August babies that came from election night get-togethers; the feelings were just too positive and hope-filled!

We shall see.

November 14, 2008 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Well it doesn't count as an Obama baby boom....

On election night, my husband whispered to my belly that with Obama's election, it was safe for the baby to come out now.

Two nights later, at midnight, I was in labor, and in the morning of 11/7, our daughter was born.

She was born in the age of Obama (even if Bush is still technically president).

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Personally, I am planning on an August baby! however, that is by choice, not by wild election night flings. I think there is a difference between planning a child, and throwing caution to the wind because you've been celebrating a little too hard. I would also be interested to hear if there is an increase in Plan B use, or abortions, because of Election Night craziness. What do you think? Only time will tell, I guess.

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November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer B

I agree with the article. I don't believe people time their babies based on whether they can afford it or not. If that were the case, the human race would die out. And in light of the fact that about 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned...

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterciarin

i saw a similar article in newsweek... although i can't look to see if it was the same one. my little terrier decided to shred it to pieces.

i'm expecting an increase in doula clients for august babies.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermommy michael

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