Dubuque hospital sees September surge in births

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A hospital in Dubuque experienced a baby boom in September, with the most births since the national baby boom was just beginning 67 years ago.

The Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/19p7sKb) UnityPoint Health-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.

No one has an explanation for the spike in births, but Becky Richardson, the hospital’s birthing suites director, notes 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 speculated, “Maybe it was cold.”


Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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