Chicago hospitals see spike in births after Cubs’ World Series win

Last fall, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. Nine months later, Chicago-area hospitals are seeing a baby boom, ABC News reports.

Dr. Melissa Dennis, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center told ABC News, “The number of births nearly doubled in the last few weeks, from an average of five births per day to nine.”

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Dennis told the Chicago Tribune those babies’ due dates could have fallen on July 26, 38 weeks after Game 7.

Cubs fans Natalie and Joe Pelnar told ABC News they named their son Addison for Wrigley Fields cross streets, Clark and Addison. They said they conceived him on the day the Cubs made it to the World Series.

“We had just gotten married, so we said, ‘We’ll try this one time,'” Natalie Pelnar said.

Dave and Erin Hettinger named their child, Theo, after the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, CBS News reports.

Erin Hettinger said Theo was conceived the night the Cubs won the World Series, “We had a lot of luck on our side and just the right amount of champagne.”

The Tribune reported that a 2013 study by the BMJ concluded that the heightened euphoria after a sports victory can spur sensations that lead to intimate celebrations, and, in turn, unplanned pregnancies.