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Something In the Water? Maybe, but Saint Joe's Hospital Cuddles Up to a 'baby day' in May

June 23, 2008
Something in the water? Maybe, but St. Joe's Hospital cuddles up to a 'baby day' in May By Kevin Vaughan, Rocky Mountain News (Contact) Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Chris Schneider / The Rocky Maria Bernal, 25, touches the lips of her daughter, Samantha Rocha, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver on Tuesday. Samantha was born May 31. The hospital had 508 births in May, the most in a single month in more than a decade. Blizzard? Nope - no blizzard in Denver last August. Monsoons that brought the city to a halt? Nope - no days-long rainstorms in Denver last August. Something in the water? Well, maybe. Or maybe it's just that August is a month for love - every decade or so, at least. Whatever it was, St. Joseph Hospital in Denver delivered 508 babies in May - the most in a single month in more than a decade. St. Joseph, the top baby-delivery hospital in Colorado in terms of sheer numbers, each year welcomes at least 5,000 new young ones into the world. "Four-fifty is a busy month, so over 500 is off the charts," said Dee Parrett, labor and delivery clinical manager at St. Joseph. But neither she nor Kim Kobel, spokeswoman for Exempla Healthcare, which operates St. Joseph, had a theory as to what led to the little baby boom. "What always happens nine months before babies are born?" Kobel joked. Parrett said the flurry of deliveries kept the hospital's doctors and nurses busy - and that it came at just the right time from a staffing standpoint. "Thank goodness it was before the heavy summer vacation schedule," she said. The previous high: 515 deliveries in a single month. And that month was May 1997. Must have been something odd in August 1996, too.