June 11th came and went this week, and nine months after the tragic events of September 11th, some had predicted a “baby boom” among people who sought comfort with a partner or spouse. DeAnne Cook, a spokeswoman for Methodist and Lutheran Hospitals in Des Moines, says there’s no sign of it in Iowa. Doctors tell her June and July are big for baby delivery every year, and it’s the same this year as last. Cook says you might be surprised how many people plan the timing of a new baby.She says people who plan the arrival to take advantage of summer vacation if they’re teachers by profession but it’s also just a nice season in which to be caring for a baby, as you don’t have to bundle them up against the cold. If they’re thinking ahead to kindergarten, a child born in summer will be a bit over five years old in the fall of their first school year, old enough and ready for the experience. Cook says doctors don’t look down on people who do this kind of “family planning” for a convenient date. She says any time you plan ahead, it allows for good prenatal care and can make sure the mother’s health is at its best before beginning a pregnancy.
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