Baby boom nine months after storm

The storm that swept over southern Sweden in January, leaving thousands without power and destroying swathes of woodland, has finally brought some good news: a baby boom.

Couples in the Borås area clearly found plenty to do in the darkness that followed “Storm Gudrun”: the birth rate in the town during the past week is twenty times higher than in the same week last year.

“Many people were without electricity for a long time, so this could continue well into November,” midwife Louise Loubelo told Swedish Radio.

Last week – nine months and one week after the storm – saw 63 babies born in Borås hospital’s maternity unit, twenty more than during the previous week.