With 107 births in 91 hours, an American hospital beats its “baby boom” record


Between June 24 and 28, out of a total of 91 hours, 107 babies were born at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Texas, doubling the facility’s birth record. teaches us good morning america. However, this “baby boom” was not totally abnormal for this maternity center accustomed to the influx of births. But this time around, the figure is particularly high and the hospital breaks its old record, which was 48 births in 41 hours.

This new feat, described as “Rare and exceptional” by the hospital, would have been influenced by the pandemic, according to staff. “In the spring of 2020, when we were confined for the first time, we all wondered if in December or January of the following year, we were going to experience a baby boom. But it didn’t happen ”, tells the newspaper Michelle Stemley, nurse and midwife at Bylor Scott & White. “Our rates have been constant throughout the winter and are now increasing.” Michelle Stemley and colleagues think expectant parents feel more comfortable “Now that the quarantine has been normalized”.

Towards demographic growth?

The midwife was “very busy” during this baby boom that she had to face, even if she says she appreciated helping all these families to welcome life. To face this wave of births, the hospital had to adapt.

One of the solutions has been to speed up the process of transporting mothers after childbirth. “Everyone needs to work hand in hand to ensure that they are able to move mothers as quickly as possible after their recovery period. We took them to their post-partum room immediately after giving birth and immediately opened another labor room to accommodate the next patient ”, relate Michelle Stemley.

Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Jay Herd, meanwhile, experienced the period differently. He didn’t even notice the rise in the number of births until staff calculated it, as the hospital is “A very, very busy unit”, he says. “My patients didn’t notice any difference in the treatment times either.” He believes this baby boom is not an isolated event and instead predicts an increase in birth rates, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “I don’t think it’s going to stop. In seven to eight months, we will see a demographic increase ”, he predicts.


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