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Government shutdown may have led to spike in Washington births
Government shutdown may have led to spike in Washington births

Last October's government shutdown left 800,000 federal employees without work for 16 days, but apparently they found ways to occupy their time. Nine months later, some Washington, D.C., hospitals are reporting a spike in newborns. "There's no way to scientifically prove there's a cause and effect…[but] when you see an unusually sharp increase in the number of births and it correlates to something that affected tens of thousands of people in your catchment area, you think 'Hmm,'" said Gary Stephenson, spokesman for Sibley Memorial Hospital. Sibley says it is averaging about three more births a day, compared with this time last year. Yulette...

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