The Family Birth Center in Dodge City, experienced their first suspected “quarantine baby boom,” after delivering twelve babies in 48 hours over the course of June 21 to 22.
Western Plains Medical Complex stated that was three times the number of expected births in an average shift.
Early in the pandemic, stay-at-home orders had many people speculating a baby boom nine months later.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) though proved the opposite, showing the birthrate in U.S. dropped 4% last year, the lowest since 1979.
Evidently as proven by the Family Birth Center, it appears in Dodge City the trend is quickly reversing as there are already signs of a small summer baby surge.
“Those of us who have been in the baby business usually get a sense for the next wave of babies in nine months, like after an ice storm or Valentine’s Day, so we have been somewhat expecting this small boom,” said Ranae Riley, Director of the Family Birth Center. “While we are honored to accommodate these families for these special moments, it’s so wonderful to have such great staff, supporting staff and physicians that can manage this kind of volume – we have an exceptional team.”
Out of the twelve new births, nine were girls and three were boys.
The three delivering physicians were Dr. James Moffitt, MD, Dr. Samir Shaath, MD and Dr. Aye Win, MD.
“We’re honored that we can be a part of these special moments and that we’re able to be a happy place for many families,” said Dr. Samir Shaath, MD, Obstetrician.
According to a Western Plains Medical Complex press release, despite the challenges of having a baby during a pandemic, many said it was quite the opposite for them, claiming it helped clarify their notion of family even stronger.
“Life and practicing medicine for the past several months has been tough. We are taking great care of our patients. Helping healthy families grow is one of the greatest joys of medicine,” said Dr. James Moffitt, MD, Family Medicine.
“It’s important to remember, especially in the midst of a global pandemic, that new life is coming into the world,” said Dr. Aye Win, MD, Obstetrician.
The Family Birth Center has updated visitation guidelines.
Currently, a support person, grandparents and siblings are welcome to visit during scheduled visitation hours, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.