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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s been about nine months since Superstorm Sandy, and officials at hospitals closer to the city say they haven’t seen a spike in births, but it’s a different story closer to the shore.

“We have seen a little bit of a spike the last couple of weeks,” says Kimberly Hanson, Clinical Manager of Labor and Delivery at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Pomona Campus. “We have been very busy. I can’t directly relate it to the storm, but we have had several patients that have told us they know when they conceived and it was during the storm or during power outages around that time, which is a little unusual because patients really don’t remember exactly when they conceived.”

Hanson says their unit is 20-percent busier this month then last. However, she says it’s important to take this data with a grain of salt.

“Summer is usually a busier time for labor and delivery floors,” she said. “So it could be the summer, it could be Sandy. It’s hard to tell.”

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