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Baby bump at area hospitals

In mid-September, Alaska Regional Hospital went on “divert status,” sending expectant mothers to Providence Hospital.

At the same time, Providence was nearly maxed out with new babies popping out of moms.

Could it have something to do with  the “big bump” of a 7.0 earthquake on Nov. 30 of 2018 and the many aftershock earthquakes that followed in December? Perhaps young couples had a bit more nervous energy to burn off last December? We’ll never know, but if we do, we’ll never tell. But the timing suggests that a baby conceived in early December of last year was due in early September.

The state epidemiologists won‘t have any official numbers until next spring, and the public relations departments at Alaska Regional and Providence didn’t return calls.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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