Supermoon Spawns Baby Boom at Mercy

December 9, 2016

In November 2016, the skies over the country lit up with the lunar phenomenon known as the supermoon. It was the closest the moon will be to earth until 2034. 

Mercy labor and delivery nurse Kyla Dufrene says that aside from the spectacular sight, "every labor and delivery nurse across America probably had the same thought I had, which was 'Oh heavens, it's going to be bad.'"

Whether it's science or superstition, there was definitely a supermoon baby boom last month. At Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, doctors delivered more babies in November 2016 than any other November in hospital history, with a total of 349 births that month.

Kayla Mayes wasn't due to deliver her third child, a baby girl, until early December. Instead, she went into labor three weeks early.

"Man, it had to be that supermoon," she said. "It just had to be."

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At Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, doctors delivered more babies in November 2016 that ant other November in hospital history, with 349 births for the month. 

At Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, doctors delivered more babies in November 2016 that ant other November in hospital history, with 349 births for the month. 

Justice Mayes, one of Mercy's "supermoon babies" was born three weeks early, on November 14. 

Justice Mayes, one of Mercy's "supermoon babies" was born three weeks early, on November 14. 

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