COUPLES AT CHILDBIRTH CENTER.
Predictions of a summer baby boom in New York after the September 11
attacks have proved to be a bust. Cataclysmic events in the past have
spawned sharp rises in the number of births, notably the 'baby boom'
that followed the return of soldiers after World War II. And some
physicians predicted New York could witness a similar phenomenon as
September 11 reminded people of the uncertainty of life. Sadatu Usman
(front left), Ronald Walker, Gabrielle Lowe (rear left) and Timothy
Cusac attend a natural birthing class held at the Elizabeth Seton
Childbirthing Center in New York on April 18, 2002. REUTERS/Chip