Baby Boom Hits Region 8

August 4, 2006 -- Posted at 3:40 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- NEA Medical Center and St. Bernard's Medical Center have seen an increase in births in their facilities since July.

It seems along with other trends of the summer, the labor floor is seeing its typical trend; an increase in births.

"It's typical across the nation to have more babies in the summer.  We especially see it at the highest in July," said Denise Malloy, Director of Women and Children's Services at St. Bernard's Medical Center.

So far this year, there's been in increase in the birth of babies at both hospitals in Jonesboro.

"In the summer time we know there's a lot, there seems to be a lot more babies than before.  This year is even extremely special, because we're actually seeing more than we've had in the past few years," said Dawnyal Watkins, Director of the Women's Center at NEA Medical Center.

So, why is it that there is a baby boom every summer?

"The winter months would probably be the easiest way to describe it," said Watkins.

The extra births are keeping every one on the labor and delivery floors of hospitals in Region 8 extra busy, which is something they anticipate.

"We have an on-call system, so when we have a surge of patients to come in, we have more nurses that are available," said Malloy.

Both hospitals deny rumors that they've had to send patients to one another for a baby's birth.

"No, no, not from labor and delivery, no," said Watkins.

"That doesn't happen.  We are staffed for what we know is going to come in the summer," said Malloy.At any given time they can have several women in labor at once.  Typically there will be three to seven women in labor at the same time.

In September the number of births should decrease, as it does each year.