DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque hospital experienced a baby boomlet last month when it delivered more babies than in any month since the start of the postwar baby boom 67 years ago.
Finley Hospital had 79 births in September. That's the most since there were 90 births in May 1946 as the nation experienced a baby boom following the end of World War II.
The hospital normally has 55 to 60 births a month.
Laura Knabel, who has worked as a nurse in the birthing unit for 23 years, said the babies just kept coming as the month went along.
“We're used to having a high and then low census, but there was never a lull,” Knabel said.
Across town at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, there were 78 births in September. That's up from 65 in September 2012 and 74 in the previous year.
Having so many babies meant nurses had to work longer hours or additional shifts, but Becky Richardson, Finley Hospital's birthing suites director, said they managed.
“We just roll with whatever comes in the door,” Richardson said.
No one has an explanation for the spike in births. Richardson noted that last December there was a lot of talk about the Mayan calendar. Some believed it foretold the end of the world.
Or as new mother Lisa Boffeli of Cascade, Iowa, speculated: “Maybe it was cold.”
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