Local woman gets pregnant while stuck in Superstorm Sandy

There is a baby boom in the northeast that's being blamed on Super Storm Sandy. A small piece of that boom has stretched all the way to a couple in Bakersfield.
Bakersfield, CA - There is a baby boom in the northeast that's being blamed on Superstorm Sandy. A small piece of that boom has stretched all the way to Bakersfield.

While on their honeymoon -- a local couple was stranded in a New Jersey hotel for about a week during the storm. Nine months later, on July 5th, the storm blew in a baby boy.

Dominic and Miranda Urbano stayed in their hotel room, without power for a day and a half, enjoying their newlywed status.

"Nobody could go outside, everyone had to stay indoors and then it just started raining a lot and that's when the hurricane came," Urbano said, "what do you do when you're out of light and you're in a hurricane you know you snuggle and what not."

No power, no lights but the sparks were flying in the Urbano's hotel room. They came to believe their son Benjamin was conceived on that stormy stay on the Jersey shore.

She said, "Everyone was saying oh you're going to have a hurricane baby, you're going to name your baby Sandy, you're going to be pregnant. I said no no no. Sure enough I was pregnant and they backtracked the days and it was one of the days when hurricane sandy hit."

They didn't name him Sandy, but mom and dad have given him a certain stormy status in the family.

"We always call him hurricane baby. We always call him hurricane baby even when he was inside. He just makes us happy. He completes us," she said.

The Urbanos say they're happy something good came out of a devastating disaster.

Urbano said, "It was cool just to see that we weren't the only people who had a baby out of a hurricane and there are tons of other people in New York, New Jersey that are having a baby around the same time we did."

Hospitals on the east coast are reporting an increase in births in recent weeks. Benjamin is the only hurricane baby we know of here in Bakersfield.
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