Polar Vortex baby boom arrives in Iowa

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Polar Vortex Baby Boom Arrives in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa -- More expecting mothers are getting ready for special deliveries this fall, thanks to what's being called the "Polar Vortex baby boom."

Maternity wards are busier than ever some nine months after the end of our bitter cold winter.

Meet Olivia Doyel who came into the world Thursday. "When we got here only one room was available so the whole place was full, so it's busy," said Brandon Doyel, a new father.

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This image was captured by NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Jan. 6, 2014, at 11:01 a.m. EST (1601 UTC). A frontal system that brought rain to the coast is draped from north to south along the U.S. East Coast. Behind the front lies the clearer skies bitter cold air associated with the polar vortex.
A blanket of fog covers Lake Michigan along the Chicago shoreline Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 as temperatures dove well below zero and wind chills were expected to reach 40 to 50 below. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
The Chicago Skyline sits as a backdrop as fog drifts across Monroe Harbor with temperatures well below zero and wind chills expected to reach 40 to 50 below, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Chicago. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Jim Houston struggles to cross snow covered streets is in below zero temperatures Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended into much of the U.S. and plunged temperatures to record lows. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Snow blankets trees at the Rosy Mound Natural Area, a park in Ottawa County's Grand Haven Township, Mich., Sunday Jan. 5, 2014. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S. (AP Photo/The Muskegon Chronicle, Ken Stevens) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT
ONTARIO, CANADA- MARCH 10: A group of ice fishers gather on the frozen surface of Great Lakes after the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Canada, North America, on March 10, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures from Kansas to Maine. The views attract attention by many photographers and tourists. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CANADA- MARCH 10: A group of ice fishers gather on the frozen surface of Great Lakes after the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Canada, North America, on March 10, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures from Kansas to Maine. The views attract attention by many photographers and tourists. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CANADA- MARCH 10:A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Canada, North America, on March 10, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures from Kansas to Maine. The views attract attention by many photographers and tourists. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo, bundled up pedestrians walk past an advertisement for South America and Central America in the window of a travel agency in Blue Island, Ill. With yet another polar vortex like storm system bearing down on many parts of the country, suffering Midwesterners dream about being anywhere but home. Florida resorts and other tourist operations have been fueling this with email and other ad campaigns dangling a little sunshine and beach scenes in front of us. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo, bundled up commuters walk past an advertisement for the Hawaiian Islands near a train stop in Chicago. With yet another polar vortex like storm system bearing down on many parts of the country, suffering Midwesterners dream about being anywhere but home. Florida resorts and other tourist operations have been fueling this with email and other ad campaigns dangling a little sunshine and beach scenes in front of us. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
This Feb. 18, 2014 photo provided by VISIT FLORIDA shows a fiberglass mannequin atop a taxi in Philadelphia promoting the warmth of Florida as winter rolls on in the northern parts of the country with the return of yet another polar vortex like storm system. Florida resorts and other tourist operations have been fueling this with email and other ad campaigns dangling a little sunshine and beach scenes in front of us. (AP Photo/Courtesy of VISIT FLORIDA)
In this Jan. 10, 2104 photo, the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., sits peacefully in the background of an ice filled Niagara Falls. A slow thaw has begun with temperatures expected to climb into the low 50's for the upcoming weekend. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)
Pedestrians gather at a bus stop during snowfall along Lexington Avenue, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in New York. A second polar vortex in just a couple of weeks will bring snow to many parts of the country with approximately 4-8 inches expected in the New York City area. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This image captured by NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Jan. 6, 2014, at 11:01 a.m. EST shows a frontal system that is draped from north to south along the U.S. East Coast. Behind the front lies the clearer skies bitter cold air associated with the polar vortex. Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the "polar vortex" by the time it spread across the country on Tuesday, Jan. 7. 2013. (AP Photo/NASA)
U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Jamie Jasmon struggles through snow and below zero temperatures while delivering the mail Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended into much of the U.S. and plunged temperatures to record lows. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: A man bundles up against the cold on the afternoon of January 8, 2014 in New York City. Today was slightly warmer than yesterday, when a polar vortex descended from the Arctic on much of the country, though today's temperatures were still well below freezing. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JANUARY 07: Chicago Skyline, as steam rises from Lake Michigan due to the 'Polar Vortex' sending temperatures well below zero in Chicago, Illinois on JANUARY 07, 2014. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JANUARY 07: Steam rises from the Chicago River due to the 'Polar Vortex' sending temperatures well below zero in Chicago, Illinois on JANUARY 07, 2014. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
CROFTON, MD. - JANUARY 7: Canada Geese rest on a frozen pond as bitter temperatures engulfed the Washington area on Tuesday, courtesy of the frigid air mass that descended on Monday and spread across the nation on January, 7 2014 in Crofton, MD. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CANADA- MARCH 10:A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Canada, North America, on March 10, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures from Kansas to Maine. The views attract attention by many photographers and tourists. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this March 21, 2014 photo released by Lake Superior State University, a 12-foot snowman effigy, dubbed this year "Mr. Polar Vortex," goes up in smoke during Lake Superior State University's annual snowman-burning to welcome spring in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The event, which had to be postponed from Thursday due to high winds, has been celebrated since 1971. (AP Photo/Lake Superior State University, John Shibley)
In this Jan. 11, 2014 photo, the United States side of Niagara Falls in New York has begun to thaw after the recent "polar vortex" that affected millions in the United States and Canada. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)
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All 39 maternity rooms and the NICU are full right now at Unity Point Health in Des Moines.

Doctors believe the baby bonanza is a result of the polar vortex last December and January. It was one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record.

"We tried to avoid the snow and went to the Bahamas and that's when she happened," said Doyel.

Even the Doyel's doctor is due any day and the hospital spokeswoman started having contractions during our interviews on Friday.

"I don't know if there's any science about it. In Iowa, there's not a lot to do than to try to keep warm," said Amy Varcoe, Unity Point spokeswoman.

"I always made the assumption it's winter nights and cozy nights, a little bit of cabin fever," said Dr. Amy Bingaman.

Bingaman is feeling the whiplash of winter in the delivery room now.

"Seven deliveries in nine hours, so it can be very busy," said Bingaman.

The increase in births in Iowa is part of a nationwide trend with August and September being the busiest months in maternity wards.

"With all the cold last winter, people are trying to find a way to stay warm inside. What else you going to do?" said KCCI Meteorologist Metinka Slater.

With meteorologists forecasting another frigid winter ahead, those hoping to get pregnant may want to plan ahead to avoid a crowd of blizzard babies next fall.

"Get busy now then you'll have plenty of room and space come spring and summer," said Varcoe.

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