JRMC has ‘baby boom’ of 8

9513_7babiesPublished in the Jamestown Sun
By: Charly Haley

There’s been a “baby boom” in Jamestown.

Eight babies were born between Tuesday and Thursday at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Family BirthPlace, said Emily Woodley, BirthPlace nursing manager.

After the eighth birth, all eight of the newborns were in the nursery at the same time for a few hours Thursday morning, but two were discharged later in the day, Woodley said.

The last time she remembers the Family BirthPlace caring for this many babies at once was two years ago, also around Labor Day weekend.

“It’s so funny that it was the same time of year,” Woodley said.

Staff members dubbed it “the baby boom,” Woodley said. There were five boys and three girls born.

A lot of teamwork went into caring for the eight babies and their mothers.

“We pull from other units and just work together to make it work,” Woodley said. “We called in extra staff … people are always willing to help.”

Depending on staff members’ specialties, some would work with only mothers, others would work with only babies and others worked with both.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Woodley said.

Sun reporter Charly Haley can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at chaley@jamestownsun.com

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