Israel’s stormy baby boom

A newborn baby receives a hearing test at the hospital in December 2013. Israeli boys born in 2013 can expect to live past 80, according to the World Health Organization.  Photo by Chen Leopold/Flash90

A newborn baby receives a hearing test at the hospital in December 2013. (Chen Leopold/Flash90)

It appears that December showers bring August babies.

Hospitals throughout Israel noticed a baby boom last month, nine months after a month of heavy rainstorms as well as a blanket of snow in much of the north and center of the country brought some areas of the country to a standstill.

Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot reported 700 births took place this August compared to 500 births last year, and the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba – where women gave birth in a delivery room reinforced against rockets, saw 1,484 births compared with 1,300 the previous year.

“There were a few days in December that we couldn’t leave the house because of the storm, so it was a great opportunity to work on making a baby,” new mother Oxana Belayev told Ynet

What will summer rocket fire bring? Check back with us in nine months.

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