A baby boom can come notably after certain life changing events – after world wars, natural disasters – and even following a win in football’s biggest game.
Okay, perhaps the latter is a correlation rather than causal effect, but it’s still one worth pondering.
A 2016 commercial during the game alluded to this baby boom phenomenon.
The commercial was set to Seal’s hit song “Kissed by a Rose,” and the video featured babies, children and adults who were all born nine months after their parents’ home team won the big game.
The “Super Bowl Babies Choir” was a 60-second commercial airing during the 50th matchup, featuring the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. The choir included 49-year-old Green Bay Packers babies all the way to 1-year-old Seattle Seahawks infants.
In 2017, nurses at Beverly Hospital saw a baby birth bump about nine months after the New England Patriots won against the Atlanta Falcons the same year.
Case in point: there were 184 babies born in November 2017, some nine months following the Pat’s big comeback, compared to 153 in November 2016, when they didn’t play in the big game.
It’s impossible, of course, to pin the uptick directly to the win, but the numbers are intriguing.
“Let’s see what happens this year, with our Pats playing in the championship,” said Denise Maunders, a nurse manager on the labor and delivery floor at Beverly Hospital.
Maunders said it’s all about people coming together and having fun. Snow days, common days off, the week between the Christmas and New Year holidays are all times coupling tends to happen and, sometimes, nature takes its course.
“Anything that is going to bring a couple together will usually result in an increased rate of conceptions,” Maunders said. “At times when couples are home together unexpectedly, well, that is great for fertility.”