Methodist Women’s Hospital on Thursday welcomed its record-breaking baby four minutes before midnight.
The Omaha hospital helped deliver 29 bundles of joy that day, breaking its previous record of 28 set on Aug. 4, 2015.
Despite round-the-clock deliveries, hospital staff members were well-prepared, said Alexa Lewis, a nurse who oversees the unit where mothers and babies are cared for after delivery.
“There was never that feeling that this is a really insane day,” Lewis said. “It was a calm, normal day.”
Of the 29 babies, 15 were boys and 14 were girls. There was one set of twins.
Each time a baby is born at the hospital, a lullaby plays through the halls. The first note played at 12:15 a.m. and the last at 11:56 p.m. Ten of the 29 deliveries were scheduled.
Thursday isn’t likely to be the only busy day in May for the hospital. Officials expect about 500 births this month.
Lewis said they’ve been speculating as to what caused the spring baby boom, but haven’t landed on anything.
“It wasn’t quite football season, so we can’t account it to a Husker win or loss,” she said.
On average, the hospital sees between 12 and 14 babies born each day.
Bergan Mercy Medical Center came close to matching Methodist’s record earlier this year. The hospital saw 27 births on Feb. 27. The most deliveries in a day at the Nebraska Medical Center is 12.