It’s baby season and business is booming at a Brooklyn ultrasound center

August is baby-boom time in New York, with more newborns arriving this month than at any other time of year. According to the latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 10,489 births in the city in August 2006, compared with 9,102 in February and 9,164 in April of that year. Demographer Paul Sutton attributes the August rush to colder weather nine months earlier, when people spend more time, ahem, indoors. Whatever the reason, the spike means busy times at city hospitals such as Brooklyn’s New York Methodist. Its Advanced Women’s Imaging and Prenatal Testing Center sees up to 650 patients per week, giving expectant moms a sneak, and often reassuring, peek at their babies-to-be. Here’s how a typical day pans out. 10:50 a.m. Baby Ashley Fowler wasn’t quite ready for her closeup when mom Georgia, 35, had a routine scan during the 20th week of pregnancy. She got stage fright and, though the technician was able to determine her gender, Ashley refused to move into the right position to have her face checked for potential problems like a cleft lip. So Georgia is making a return visit without her husband, David, who can’t take the morning off work. Luckily, Ashley obliges this time and flashes her perfect features. “It’s a big relief because you always worry,” says the first-time mom, who’s due Oct. 24. “But they’ve told me that the baby is a good weight and in excellent health so I’m totally reassured.” Georgia and David,… [Read full story]

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