Are we now dealing with cheerful after-effects here?
In my environment it is clear. Many couples currently have a baby that was made in the lock-down of the first Corona wave in March this year. Those pregnant ladies are often calculated in December 2020 to the beginning of 2021. Pregnancy courses are full and the midwife here in the village is working overtime.
What do the figures say
But is this true? Here are a few things at a glance. In the Netherlands, an average of about 160 to 210 thousand babies are expected per year according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. The exception was the post-war baby boom. In 1946, an absolute birth record was set with 284 thousand births.
If we look at this year's figures through October, we are already at 169,680 children in 2020. Then we still have 2 months to go with an average of 15,000 children per month. Which is already higher than last year's monthly average. To add another 30,000 children, we are at 190,000 children in 2020 compared to the 169,680 of 2019. That is quite a number more than last year, and then we have not yet taken into account the second wave that may still be coming.
More time for each other
Why that is mainly because couples have been closer together than ever for a longer period of time. You and your partner are in self-isolation. There is full focus on each other, and the rest of the world was on the back burner for a while. So as a couple you really have more time for each other, and to dive between the sheets together.
It has been proven that you have a greater chance of getting pregnant if you are less stressed. Because you have less to leave the house together, you have more time to relax. This relaxation benefits your fertility.
Or more stress?
Another reasoning is that in times of stress you are more inclined to seek affection and safety together. And this out of sight than in more sex couples. The corona period can bring more stress, and so it is likely that people share deklakens with each other more often than usual.
More time to work on your relationship
Because you spend more time together, you also have more time to give each other attention. To start a good conversation or to make plans together for the additional costs. This is also a reason why couples have made that choice together earlier in the lock-down period.
More time for intimacy
The travel time that you needed every day to go to work, you win, as it were, during this period. But also spend the time deep on maintaining social contacts. This also allows us to put more time into our intimacy within the relationship.
So funny that this new generation is already referred to as Generation Coronials. Personally, the term Generation Covid-19 appeals to me more. In any case, I am very curious whether the prediction is correct. And of course what next year will bring us.
Hey Hello, we are Melanie and Joost and have two children Max and Fleur. If you have lost us, we are on the water, because we love sailing. We met at Orionis the Amsterdam student sailing club, where I organized the competition, and Joost won the competition.
Together with my husband I like to go out with camper "Goofy".
Joost is a sustainability consultant and furniture designer . I, am the business brain and a Mac enthusiast. As an online product owner I take care of the online part of Babywoods.
Binnen de professionele kinderopvang is de inrichting van een verschoonplek een van de belangrijkste aspecten van de werkplek. Veel baby’s, peuters en kleuters worden in de loop van de dag, meerdere malen en vaak door verschillende verzorg(st)ers verschoond. Daarom staan veiligheid en ergonomie voorop. Uiteraard is de hygiëne ook een heel belangrijk punt.
My company was founded during my first maternity week. In 2016 I gave birth to my son, because of my delivery I suffered from pelvic instability where I was advised to walk as few stairs as possible. Joost, my husband, made the first model wall changing table as a maternity gift and hung it on the toilet so that I did not have to walk upstairs to change our son.
He received plenty of compliments from maternity care and midwives. They also told me that there may be more parents interested in this handy product