U of Michigan study: Baby boom expected this year

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — While COVID-19 initially caused birthrates to slow down, a Michigan study is projecting an upcoming baby boom.

University of Michigan researchers studied data from Michigan Medicine, and found pregnancies are expected to soon surge, the university said in a Thursday release.

The researchers found that while pregnancies were gradually increasing from 2017 to 2020, the rate dropped by around 14% between November of 2020 to the spring of 2021, a drop believed to be caused by the pandemic.

But the new study is projecting an upcoming baby boom, with Michigan Medicine expecting a 10 to 15% increased pregnancy rate compared to what’s normally expected in the summer and fall of this year.

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