Baby Boom at NC Medical Center

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North Carolina's Cape Fear Valley Medical Center is experiencing one of the largest baby booms since the first Gulf War in 1991.

The medical staff, which delivered 527 babies there in September, have dubbed the surge in births 'Operation Desert Stork.'
     
The increase in births is being attributed to the large military presence in the town.

"It's not a surprise. It's a military town and obviously when they come home," said military wife Carrie Clough told North Carolina's Wake County News.
 
Doctors say there's always a minor population explosion nine months after big homecomings, but this one averages out to about 17 babies per day.

The baby boom has kept the medical center's staff more than busy.

"It's been non-stop. You go from one room to another," Ob Gyn Brandt Wood said. "(It's) been a lot of fun, exciting very challenging very tiring." 

Still, as large as September's baby boom was, it failed to set a record. Doctors say their biggest month was January 1992, when the hospital nursery was filled with 558 babies. 

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