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Record Number of Babies Born at MeritCare in October

October was an extremely busy month for staff at MeritCare Family Birth Center. A record number of 236 babies were born, which is the most in the organization's 99-year history. Last fiscal year (July 2006-June 2007), 2303 babies were born, which is an average of 192 babies per month. The timing of this baby boom is unknown; the busiest birth months are typically in the summer.

October was an extremely busy month for staff at MeritCare Family Birth Center. A record number of 236 babies were born, which is the most in the organization's 99-year history. Last fiscal year (July 2006-June 2007), 2303 babies were born, which is an average of 192 babies per month. The timing of this baby boom is unknown; the busiest birth months are typically in the summer.

Facts about MeritCare Family Birth Center:
  • MeritCare Family Birth Center Staff - Our staff includes eight obstetricians/ gynecologists, four nurse practitioners, a physician assistant, experienced obstetric nurses, two reproductive endocrinologists, six family medicine physicians who deliver babies, and lactation services that include three certified lactation consultants and five lactation counselors.
  • MeritCare has a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 8 neonatologists.
  • Number of rooms - MeritCare Family Birth Center includes 32 rooms, with 21 birthing suites. MeritCare pioneered the single-room birthing concept in 1985.