Baby Boom in Rockford

By Lauren Langer |

Published 08/13 2014 06:08PM

Updated 08/14 2014 08:30AM

ROCKFORD,IL--Bundles of babies are on the way after record low temps last winter, which was the third coldest winter in Rockford history.

Doctors say the brutal winter kept people indoors... and they weren't playing scrabble!

"I think it's a natural phenomenon and I think we anticipate it and look forward to it,” said Vicki Beck, the lead midwife at Crusader Clinic.  There has been an increase in the number of expectant mothers with due dates in September and October.

"We usually see a bump in deliveries in September, October, because of the winter,” said Dr. Tim Durkee, the attending physician at SwedishAmerican hospital.  "You know I would expect that we might see at 10 to 12, maybe even a 15 percent increase."

With all of the winter babies on the way, mothers are excited to share their stories.

"When they come in to have their babies, they [tell us] this is exactly what happened, and they kind of share those stories with us and we enjoy them,” said Beck.

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