The Coastal Bend is experiencing a baby boom, after Hurricane Harvey.
February marks 6 months since Hurricane Harvey ripped through the Coastal Bend and so much has happened in the time since. Businesses have been fixed, homes have been rebuilt and now you can another major life event, a baby boom.
Soon-to-be mom Courtney Underbrink said "It was trying and then we got to our house and realized how much work we had ahead of us and decided not to try anymore and it just takes one time."
Courtney Underbrink isn't alone. Lots of soon-to-be parents conceived during and after the hurricane and Dr. Roxanna Doucet with the Coastal Bend Women's Center at the Corpus Christi Medical Center has a theory.
Dr. Doucet said "So you know close quarters, not much to do and no power. You know, 'let's have some fun' and it leads to increased pregnancy rate which we enjoy."
Fast-forward and now these expectant women are preparing for their Harvey babies and that's good news for day cares, that are filling up for the 2018-2019 school year.
Kimberly Head, Director of First Learning Tree said "Hurricane Harvey baby boom, that's just - it's just amazing the blessings that Harvey brought along with all the destruction."
Head says their building was heavily damaged but were one of the first daycares to re-open in the area when they noticed the boom. "It was so funny because as soon as we opened back up within the first month of our re-opening we starting getting phone calls wanting to be put on the wait list for children that were conceived during the time of our evacuation." Head said.
And this isn't unique to Rockport, which was at the epicenter of the storm. Go South to the Coastal Bend Women's Center in Corpus Christi where doctors like Roxanna Doucet are treating soon-to-be moms.
Dr. Doucet said "We've seen a bump of about 70 patients in the past couple of weeks which is kind of a big increase for us, about 80% jump."
No doubt these moms are excited but they have a lot on their plate.
Underbrink added, "We're still working on our house so it's kind of like a nice thing to get something so good, when something so bad is happening."
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