Remember those jokes we all made at the beginning of the pandemic, where we would see a baby boom? Those jokes, may not be jokes anymore, according to new data released by Sparrow.

Sparrow's labor unit, is currently full of expecting mothers. Over the past month, doctors have seen an influx of pregnant women coming in. In fact, 363 baby's were born at Sparrow in June. That's the most we've seen in one month since 2017

Research did show that this boom wasn't something that just happened right away either. In fact, during the pandemic, birth rates did decline. Most of that could be related to the state of the economy during the pandemic.

“It was just a little fear, I think. People were just uncertain of the future and maybe not the best time to have a baby, but I think that second wave, after we realized that we can handle this pandemic and things are going to be okay, they relaxed a little,” director of women’s services at Sparrow, Tonyie Andrews-Johnson said.

Sparrow began seeing an influx of patients back in May, and researchers from the University of Michigan think we will see a larger surge through the end of summer, and into early fall.

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“We’re doing our very best. Just with everyone coming back to work and the pandemic and just a worker shortage all over, not just in healthcare. So that makes it a little bit more challenging, but we’re dedicated to giving quality, safe care here at Sparrow,” said Andrews-Johnson told WILX.

Other local hospitals are saying they haven't seen much of a baby boom here in Mid-Michigan.

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