Dutch Blackout Leads to Baby Boom

By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2008 12:50 PM CDT
Dutch babies are a rarity, given the country's declining birth rate.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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(Newser) – A mini baby boom in the Netherlands has dark origins: The 44% jump in births in September came nine months after a 2-day blackout left most of the 24,000 residents of a small area in the eastern part of the country freezing. "They went to bed early to keep warm,” said a government spokeswoman. The Maasdriel area gained 18 newborn residents in September 2007, CNN reports. In September 2008: 26.