Is there such a thing as a Cubs World Series baby boom?
It has been nearly nine months since the Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year championship drought with a thrilling victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 on Nov. 2 to claim the World Series title.
And now, based purely on anecdotal evidence, some in the Chicago medical community believe some Cubs-loving couples celebrated the championship in their own private way. And that has resulted in what is being referred to as a Cubs World Series baby boom.
A report from the Chicago Tribune suggests area hospitals are experiencing a significant spike in births. Simple math suggests that many of these babies may have been conceived during the Cubs’ thrilling postseason run.
At Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, doctors say they’ve noticed the number of deliveries going up and expect the trend to continue through August. Between July 10 and 18, the stretch with the highest surge, the hospital had almost double the amount of deliveries each day compared with its normal average, said Dr. Melissa Dennis, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology. While she can’t scientifically link the birth increase to the World Series, she said those babies’ due dates could have easily fallen on July 26 — exactly 38 weeks after Game 7. An average pregnancy is 38 to 40 weeks depending on how it is measured.
The report includes quotes from several couples who reveal their babies were indeed conceived as a result of World Series-related revelry.
Doctors are even getting in on the Cubs World Series baby boom theory as well.
“Anecdotally, we’ve had fun families that mentioned they think they conceived around the time of the victory,” Dr. Jessica Kiley, chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University, told the Tribune. “That’s fun for families here. But whether there’s truth scientifically? I certainly can’t comment.”
Whether or not there is indeed a Cubs World Series baby boom or not, it certainly makes for an interesting discussion. There’s a reason the first baby born in the Chicago area in 2017 was named Wrigley, after all.