How likely is a 'quarantine baby boom'?

Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 14:41:37-04

With people spending more time at home and distancing themselves from others, it may lead them to drawing closer to a spouse or partner.

MTN NEWS spoke with a midwife on her experiences with baby booms and could this pandemic lead to a quarantine baby boom nine months from now?

“Historically, it could go either way. We’ve had lots of natural disasters that caused a baby boom. Just because in times of stress people come together, they need more emotional support, they need more physical contact. But also people consider financial stress, if they’ve lost their job. Sometimes people think they don’t necessarily need to add another person to the family,” explained Cassie Belzer, a midwife with Bozeman Health.

There isn’t any scientific explanation that points to either. For many couples, it’s based on personal preference.