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COVID Baby Boom: Valley Hospital Says Records Being Broken Every Month

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We are more than 9 months out from the start of the pandemic. Rumors of a suspected baby boom were all the rage at the beginning of quarantine but did we actually get to see one? Bakersfield’s Memorial Hospital says the baby boom is here and records are being broken monthly.

“We’ve had more than 300 deliveries each month and it has been more than we have seen in the last decade,” said Brenda McMutrey, the hospital’s maternity ward nursing director.

In the past 11 months Memorial Hospital has delivered almost 3,400 babies.

“It was surprising that December was so busy, and when you think back 9 months, yeah it makes sense,” McMutrey said. “So to do over 300 deliveries in December is not normal. Also, in January we did over 300 again so just every month we are breaking records.”

Hospital officials said they expect their baby boom to continue for as long as people are spending time together at home.

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