Superstorm Sandy leaves baby boom 9 months later

Wednesday , August 07, 2013 - 5:21 PM

Jennifer Berger

It’s been a little more than nine months since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. And while many Long Islanders are still rebuilding their homes and businesses, others are “building” in other ways: They’re having babies.

‘‘We saw a 16 percent increase in births in July as compared to last July,” said Shelley Lotenberg, spokeswoman for NuHealth/Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. “Yes, it may be attributed to a Sandy baby boom. We hope August will provide the same observation!”

Stony Brook University Hospital is trending slightly higher compared to a year ago, according to Clinton Weaver, senior director of public affairs and marketing. “In July 2012, a total of 342 babies were born at the hospital,” he said. “This July there were 355 babies born. We average 10-11 babies each day.”

North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center may have seen the largest jump in babies. In July 2012, 486 babies were born. This July, there were 580, according to Melissa Robinson, quality-management coordinator for North Shore/LIJ Medical Center.

BabyCenter.com has also been keeping an eye on trends that influence parents’ naming choices, and with the growing buzz around a Sandy baby boom, many parents are choosing to name their daughters Sandy.

The name Sandy was No. 429 on BabyCenter’s 2012 list of top baby-girl names, and is already up 30 percent in 2013, moving to No. 298 on the list. The name is Greek in origin and means “defender of mankind” or “protector.”

‘‘While Superstorm Sandy was a time of great devastation, it was also a time of faith, love and collaboration,” said Linda Murray, global editor for BabyCenter. “Families that were affected by this storm may want to commemorate the strength shown by those around them, and what better way than with a beautiful baby name.”

(jennifer.berger@newsday.com.)



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