Hospitals claim D.C. births spiked in wake of government shutdown

A long time ago, clear across an entire academic year, tragedy struck in Washington, D.C. For two weeks last October, the federal government shut down. That whole time, Vox wondered what the members of Congress and the rest of the federal government’s employees were up to. Some District hospitals claim to have a funny little answer: making babies.

The Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington delivered 99 more babies in April, May, and June than they did during the same stretch in 2013, and the Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. said that they’ve averaged three more births per day in July compared to last year.

It looks like in this power-hungry, career-focused city, an unexpected vacation allowed the worker drones to get in touch with their physical sides.

But let’s not jump to conclusions all of a sudden. According to ABC News, both hospitals maintained that any conclusions drawn are purely anecdotal. “It’s such a sexy topic,” Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told ABC. “It just doesn’t appear to be real.”

And it probably isn’t, but White House interns should still be thankful that this shutdown didn’t happen during Clinton’s administration.

Photo: Neal Gillis via Flickr

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