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5/29/02 - Tyler

East Texas Expecting Post-September 11th Baby Boom

  Local hospitals and doctors are gearing up for a baby boom later this summer.  The spike in births is being explained by therapists as couples, absorbing the impact of last September and   re-evaluating what's important in their lives.

Staci and Wade Smith are in the company of many Americans who couldn't imagine finding a positive out of the September 11th terror attacks.

"But yet life still goes on and you have your life to live and your family to think about," says Wade Smith, expectant father.

Fast-forward a few months.  That closeness the Smith's experienced brought more than comfort after the tragedy.  It will soon bring them a baby.

"It was a strange time," says Staci Smith, expectant mother.

"We were concerned about it. I don't know if this is a very good time and then you think about it, well you think about it and say oh I'm glad.

Staci joins a boom of expectant mothers in ETMC's birthing classes due to deliver between June and August.  Some Trinity Mother Frances' Ob-gyn's say they're expecting about a 20 percent increase in births at their hospital over this time last year.

Should we call it coincidence that the due dates are nine months later.  Many therapists say no.

"Primarily I think it is a result of people becoming more focused on security that family brings," says Shana Conover, ETMC's therapist.   "You're not always guaranteed tomorrow."  Therapist Shana Conover says after tragedy people tend to reflect on life more.

"Well that was New York City, but that doesn't mean it can't happen right here in Tyler, Texas," says Wade Smith.  "And so you think that maybe you might not see your loved ones again."

The Smith's say expecting a new life in their family this July gives them something wonderful to focus on a future with a little more hope in the midst of America's tragedy.

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