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October 10, 2013

Dubuque hospital sees September surge in births

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A hospital in Dubuque experienced a baby boom in September, with the most births since the national baby boom was just beginning 67 years ago.

The Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/19p7sKb) UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital had 79 births in September. That's the most since there were 90 births in May 1946 as the nation experienced a baby boom following the end of World War II.

The hospital normally has 55 to 60 births a month.

No one has an explanation for the spike in births, but Becky Richardson, the hospital's birthing suites director, notes that last December there was a lot of talk about the Mayan calendar. Some believed it foretold the end of the world.

Or, as new mother Lisa Boffeli of Cascade speculated, "Maybe it was cold."

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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