August was a banner month for birthing babies in Marshall County. Marshall South’s Labor & Delivery department delivered 95 babies with August birthdays, including two sets of twins.
L&D Nurse Manager Leanna Dilbeck said it was a hectic time on the floor. Two of her nurses were moms of a couple of those infants arriving at South, leaving the staff stretched to cover the baby boom.
“So, not only were we crazy busy, I was down two nurses,” she laughed. “The Finance Center called me and wanted to know if I could explain why I had so much call back time for my department during the month of August.”
Marshall North welcomed 55 newborns in August, including one set of twins, says North L&D Nurse Manager Jennifer Satterfield. That number is just shy of the 56 delivered in August 2019. Both hospitals beat this year’s impressive numbers during the previous year. South delivered 97 babies in August 2019.
Theories for the August baby booms center around people being off work and at home during the holidays. Dr. Megan Zeien of Medical centers OB/Gyn North speculates the August arrivals are Thanksgiving babies.
Dilbeck’s theory comes a little later in the year and blames it on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Either way, one thing is for sure.
“Love is alive and well in Marshall County,” she said.