Baby Boom

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

Dianne Chancellor was supposed to be teaching during the first day of school on Friday. Instead she was holding her newest grandson.

"Not only is this my second grandchild, but I'm expecting a third in about two weeks," said Chancellor.

She's not the only one. Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center is experiencing a baby boom.

At any given time in the last few months, Jeff Anderson's nursery has been packed. In fact, during one 32-hour period in late July, Anderson's maternity ward had 22 births.

"As soon as we'd have one deliver we'd move them out. We'd get another one in, deliver, move them out, get another one in. It was just like a big city hospital," said Diane Burt, a Registered Nurse in Jeff Anderson's Labor & Delivery.

Edith McCara says there's no other way to describe it than a population explosion.

"Last month we had well over 100 babies and the months before that we had anywhere from 80 to 90," said McCara, a Registered Nurse in the Jeff Anderson Nursery.

The work load has increased so much that labor and delivery hired two new nurses just to try and keep up. As for a reason behind this sudden rise in the birth rate, Diane Burt can only speculate.

"We thought maybe Katrina, but when we went back and looked at the numbers and the dates, they don't add up," said Burt.

And so, the cause of this baby boom remains a mystery, but Chancellor says she doesn't care, she's just counting her blessings.

"Well, you know, you think your own children are just the most wonderful thing that ever happened. But grandchildren are just right up there with that," said Chancellor.

To see some of these newborn babies, visit www.jarmc.org and click on 'Baby Faces.'


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