Babies abound at Community Memorial HospitalA bumper crop of babies sent nurses scrambling for more blankets, onesies and bassinets at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet earlier this month.
A bumper crop of babies sent nurses scrambling for more blankets, onesies and bassinets at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet earlier this month.
"It was kind of crazy," said Laura Plewa, R.N. "Every bed was full at one point, we had extra nurses [working] and all the moms and babies are doing great."
From Mother's Day until May 14, seven babies were born and on top of that, four were born on the same day within two hours of each other.
The hospital Birth Center's monthly average is between eight to 10 babies, so it was a challenge to have that many born in just a few days, according to the hospital's Director of Inpatient Service Thomas Gauthier, R.N.-BC.
"A population explosion like this in a short period of time challenges and excites staff," he said. "Seamlessly, [our] health care team has been able to ramp up to meet the increased demand in this area."
Meeting the demand involved more work not only by nursing staff in the Birth Center, but by physicians, anesthesiologists and surgical crews.
The Birth Center team even called on colleagues at Mercy Hospital and Health Care Center in Moose Lake about their supply of baby warmers, just in case the need arose.
"We have been working for several years to 'grow' our OB department," Gauthier said. "Our hopes are that we will see continued growth in this area."
As of May 27, 12 babies have been born at the hospital, including a set of twin girls.
"It seems fitting that this should happen in the month of Mother's Day," Plewa commented.