'Tis the season for babies. Doctors at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls have already delivered around 70 babies this month.
"We may actually beat our record this month," Avera OB/GYN Dr. Kimberlee McKay said.
One of those babies is Liam Richards, who was born this week.
"He was a surprise to both of us," Liam's father, James Richards, said.
"Even with my friends, there's been tons of us that are having babies back-to-back," Liam's mother, Ashley Crichton, said.
Sometimes little surprises are a result of the weather. 40 weeks ago KELOLAND was enduring colder than normal temperatures.
"We had that cold snap back in March and, 'Baby, it's cold outside,' kind of thing," McKay said.
McKay also believes this baby boom could continue into January. Guess what happened 40 weeks ago from that time: the April ice storm.
"One of my favorite things to do as an obstetrician is I look back and see what was going on," McKay said.
With below zero temperatures this week, McKay is also counting ahead on her calendar.
"We'll see more 40 weeks from now," McKay said.
One thing is for sure, the Richards family couldn't be happier about their new family member.
"Can't wait to take him home and the kids can see him and enjoy him also," Richards said.
Along with the weather, McKay also believes the improving economy plays a role in the increase in births.