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Doctors blame recent baby boom on polar vortex

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Jessica and Ryan Addeo sit with their newborn son Grant. The couple partly attributed the conception of their baby to the winter cold snap. (Source: KDKA/CBS) Jessica and Ryan Addeo sit with their newborn son Grant. The couple partly attributed the conception of their baby to the winter cold snap. (Source: KDKA/CBS)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CBS) - Last year's endless winter and the infamous polar vortex are still fresh on many people's minds, though in certain cases, the reminders are not at all unpleasant.

Staff at West Penn Hospital said the birth rate this summer is 30 percent higher than normal, and Dr. Paul Weinbaum attributed the baby boom to environmental influences.

Jessica and Ryan Addeo admit the cold winter may have something to do with a little surprise named Grant.

"It does make sense," Jessica Addeo said. "In the summer you're out. You're swimming, you're biking, you're doing all sorts of stuff outside. In the winter there's nothing to do, and so you have three boys before you know it."

Her two other sons were July babies. Their father's job involves a lot of outdoor work so there was even more incentive to stay indoors.

"When I did come home from work, you know, you really didn't want to spend much time outside because the winter was just so bad," Ryan Addeo said. "So you just spend a lot of time inside trying to find things to do and stay busy and have a good time."

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