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Study suggests US to see baby boom this summer

(CNN) - The U.S. could see a baby boom this summer, which would come after a decline in pregnancies, following the coronavirus shutdown in 2020.

Researchers with the University of Michigan looked at health records from the University of Michigan hospital from 2017 to the present.

They used the records to document pregnancies and births through the pandemic, and model prospective births through October 2021.

Pregnancies steadily increased from 2017 to 2020, but there was a 14 percent decline after the coronavirus lockdown began in Michigan in March of last year.

Their modeling shows an expected surge of births this summer.

The researchers said that their findings suggest a link between the societal changes associated with the pandemic like lockdowns and reproductive choices.

The research was published in Jama Network Open on Thursday.

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