New York sees a ‘Snovember’ baby boom

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BUFFALO, NY - In the middle of a Texas August, it can be hard to remember what winter in the Northeast is like, but some upstate New York residents won't soon forget.

"We were snowed in right in the heart of south Buffalo," recalled Amy Stegura.

Stuck and stir crazy, a few frisky singles even posted Craigslist ads search for "blizzard buddies," but cooped-up couples already had someone with whom they could canoodle.

"Not going to lie," said Vinny Austin. "It definitely opened the door for a few more extra curricular activities."

Flash forward about nine months and hospitals in Buffalo, New York are experiencing a boom of "snovember" babies.

"I think we figured out it's about a 20 to 30 percent increase," said Dr. Lynn-Marie Aronica, a laborist at Mercy Hospital.

Hospital director Mary Ann Murphy says the facility is more than prepared to welcome all new arrivals.

"We are absolutely positively ready," said Murphy. "We even bought more cribs."

Now the new parents say they'll have quite the tale to tell their little ones.

"We were stressed and it was a lot of work having to dig ourselves out," says Stegura, "but you get a miracle from it."

Echoes new mom Kim Austin: "It will be a cool story to to tell him."


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