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."