Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 25 July |
The Feast of Saint James the Great
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

Hospital sees record-breaking baby boom


Anatoly Tiplyashin | Shutterstock

Cerith Gardiner - published on 07/21/21

The increase backs the predictions of medical professionals, who are expecting a rise in summer babies due to the pandemic.

There’s been much speculation as to whether the pandemic would lead to a baby boom. Many believed that lockdown would provide the perfect opportunity for couples to begin or expand their families. However, there have been mixed results worldwide, with France recording a sharp drop in the birth rate in January.

Thankfully, things seem to be looking brighter on the baby front now. In fact, researchers at Michigan Medicine Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital have predicted an increase in baby births this summer. And they might be right.

Andrews Women’s Hospital at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Texas has just broken its baby boom record. The hospital recorded a staggering 107 births in just 91 hours, between June 24 and June 28.

While the hospital’s maternity wards are generally busy, with a previous record of 48 births in 41 hours this baby boom seems to back the thoughts of medical professionals expecting a rise in summer births.

Michelle Stemley, a labor and delivery nurse at the hospital, explained to Good Morning America that couples were more at ease with “expanding their families after things with the quarantine started to get to be the new normal.”

Luckily the hospital is well prepared for the arrival of all these tiny bundles. With careful coordination they’ve managed to get moms and babies through the different procedures safe and sound. “The team was working very hard but we were having a lot of fun taking care of all of these families during these busy times,” shared Stemley.

OBGYN Dr. Jay Herd said he didn’t feel a huge difference in his workload as his unit is always busy, but he does think the boom will continue. “Seven or eight months from now, we’re going to see lots of … population growth,” he predicts.


If you’re wondering whether you’d like to welcome a new baby into your lives during the pandemic, click on the slideshow below to see why these moms and dads chose to add to their families:

ChildrenInformation about the vaccine against COVID-19Parenting
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Philip Kosloski
This morning prayer is easy to memorize
Cerith Gardiner
8 Powerful quotes from Nightbirde that will fill you with hope
Daniel Esparza
5 Curious things you might not know about Catholicism
Philip Kosloski
Why is Latin the official language of the Church, instead of Aram...
Daniel Esparza
3 Legendary pilgrimages off the beaten path
Daniel Esparza
Who are the cherubim in the Bible?
Zelda Caldwell
Did Jesus wear “tefillin” as some observant Jews do t...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.