Small Summer Baby Surge!

June 25, 2021

Ready for some good news? It’s been a tough year across the country and all around the world. Yet, it’s been one of the most surprising silver linings for many families.

Early in the pandemic, stay-at-home orders had many of us speculating a baby boom nine months later. The opposite had happened, as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing births in the US dropped 4% last year – the lowest since 1979. However, we’re seeing here firsthand in Dodge City that the trend is quickly reversing as we are already seeing signs of a small summer baby surge. The Family Birth Center is experiencing the first of the quarantine baby boom in Dodge City.

“Those of us who have been in the baby business usually get a sense for the next wave of babies in nine months, like after an ice storm or Valentine’s Day, so we have been somewhat expecting this small boom,” said Ranae Riley, Director of the Family Birth Center. “While we are honored to accommodate these families for these special moments, it’s so wonderful to have such great staff, supporting staff and physicians that can manage this kind of volume – we have an exceptional team.”

In just 48 hours, Monday & Tuesday this week, The Family Birth Center delivered twelve babies in 48 hours. This is three times the number of babies born in a shift as expected on an average day. Out of these new additions, nine are baby girls, and three are baby boys.

The three delivering physicians were James Moffitt, MD, Samir Shaath, MD, and Aye Win, MD.

“We’re honored that we can be a part of these special moments and that we’re able to be a happy place for many families,” said Samir Shaath, MD, Obstetrician.

Despite the challenges of having a baby during a pandemic, many have said that it is quite the opposite for them, saying that if anything, it helped clarify their notion of family even stronger.

“Life and practicing medicine for the past several months has been tough. We are taking great care of our patients. Helping healthy families grow is one of the greatest joys of medicine,” said James Moffitt, MD, Family Medicine.

“It’s important to remember, especially in the midst of a global pandemic, that new life is coming into the world,” said Aye Win, MD, Obstetrician.

The Family Birth Center has updated visitation guidelines. Currently, a support person, grandparents and siblings are welcome to visit during scheduled visitation hours. Visiting hours are from 7 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm.