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Winter storm credited for Lubbock baby boom

Blakely Mitchell naps in her crib (Source: KCBD) Blakely Mitchell naps in her crib (Source: KCBD)
Kate Mitchell and baby Blakely (Source: KCBD) Kate Mitchell and baby Blakely (Source: KCBD)
Jenny Huber, nurse manager for labor and delivery, Covenant Health (Source: KCBD) Jenny Huber, nurse manager for labor and delivery, Covenant Health (Source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A Lubbock hospital is seeing an unusual uptick in births.

Covenant says they've seen quite a few more babies this time of year, compared to 2015.

"September 15th, she was born," said new mom, Kate Mitchell.

Baby Blakely entered this world less than two weeks ago.

"We knew we wanted to have a baby, a little quicker than we expected, but she's been wonderful," she says.

A closet full of sweet new baby clothes awaits the newborn as she gets used to life outside of the womb, while mom gets used to motherhood and her new schedule.

But, the interesting part of her birth?

"It's just funny that 9 months ago was the blizzard," Mitchell said with a laugh.

Remember that 2015 winter storm we experienced here on the South Plains? For many families, that storm will have a lasting effect.

"We were stuck in the house for like three or four days. So, you keep yourself entertained, but yea, she's a blizzard baby," she says.

Nurse Manager for Labor and Delivery for Covenant Health, Jenny Huber, says they've had to bring in their on-call staff.

"Our schedule was full," she says. "And, we hadn't really thought about what might have attributed to that. But, then a patient last week asked us, she noticed it was particularly busy in the unit and louder than usual and she noticed - asked us if we had seen an uptick in deliveries due to what she called blizzard babies."

She says between September 1st and the 27th of 2015, they had 179 births. This year, they're up to 190.

Mitchell says it's a joke in the family.

"Everyone kind of giggles about it," she says. "It's a funny thing. What can you say? You can't deny it."

But, looking at her tiny bundle of joy, she has no regrets.

"She's a blessing," she says. "She's absolutely worth it."

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