Baby boost recorded in Central Alberta

Good news from Central Alberta’s biggest maternity ward: it’s experiencing a little bit of a baby bump.

Good news from Central Alberta’s biggest maternity ward: it’s experiencing a little bit of a baby bump.

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre saw 2,629 births in 2012, compared with 2,558 in 2011. That translates into a 2.7 per cent rise in births.

Debbie Leitch, director for maternal child services at the hospital, said on Thursday that the birth numbers show there’s steady growth.

Mothers-to-be mainly come from Red Deer, but some would also be referred from Rocky Mountain House, Drumheller and other smaller communities through the central region.

“The increase is generally what we anticipate,” said Leitch. “It shows that our community is continuing to grow and that we’re continuing to respond to the needs of Central Zone.”

Leitch said the hospital delivers an average of eight babies a day.

Usually, 30 per cent of those babies are delivered by caesarean section.

“We’re the one facility that does have obstetricians in-house so we’re the consulting house for all of Central Zone,” said Leitch.

“The majority of (the hospitals) have family physicians that provide maternity care, unless there are risks. Then they are referred to an obstetrician.”

A total of 19 hospitals provide maternity services in Central Zone.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Man charged in fatal hit and run in North Red Deer

‘The victim had been standing by a parked vehicle, not in the traffic lane, when he was hit’

Food bank counting on Christmas donations

Normandeau School students surpass goal

Red Deer council sets police review goals

Review will look at alternatives to RCMP-led police force and their effectiveness

Updated: Red Deer RCMP introduce downtown policing unit

A four-member downtown Red Deer RCMP unit hit the beat on Thursday… Continue reading

A No-Go: Athletes and officials weigh in after Calgary votes ‘no’ to 2026 bid

TORONTO — Rotating Olympic hosts? A single go-to destination every four years?… Continue reading

Predators may have NHL’s best goalie combo on, off ice

NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne is off to an even better start than… Continue reading

Canadian Premier League buys Ontario’s League 1, looks to develop talent there

TORONTO — The Canadian Premier League has bought Ontario’s League 1 and… Continue reading

2015 ‘Bachelor’ star pleads guilty to reduced charge

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — A farmer who appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor” pleaded… Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’ returning in April 2019 for final season

LOS ANGELES — The eighth and last season of “Game of Thrones”… Continue reading

Big question for Amazon’s 2 chosen cities: Will it pay off?

WASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities… Continue reading

Calgarians vote ‘no’ on 2026 Olympic bid in non-binding plebiscite

CALGARY — The results are in, and a majority of Calgarians are… Continue reading

Leon Draisaitl scores and adds two assists to power Oilers past Canadiens 6-2

EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and Connor… Continue reading

Most Read