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A record number of babies born in June

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunColleen Joslin, left, Missy Pursel, Peggy Rutledge, Dr. Steve Thompson, Heidi Blide and Melissa stand with newborns Mary Elizabeth Trenholm and Mason Schmidtke at the Tahoe Forest Hospital maternity ward Tuesday. The hospital delivered a record number of childbirths in June.
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What do Labor Day Weekend and 65 babies have in common?

Labor Day Weekend fell just about nine months before a record number of babies were born in the month of June at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Sixty-five babies were brought into the world, according to Director of Inpatient Services Eileen Bacus. Thirty-eight of the infants were girls and 27 were boys. The average number of deliveries each month varies between 35 and 40.



“This is the highest amount we have had in as many years as staff can remember,” Bacus said in an e-mail.

Bacus explained that the hospital usually sees a spike in births for one to two months every year but not usually as high as 65 births in one month.



Ages of the June mothers ranged from 15 to 43, though 80 percent of the newborns were delivered to mothers between the ages of 23 and 27. All the mothers were from Truckee, Kings Beach, Portola, Loyalton and the Tahoe City areas, Bacus stated.

A majority of the babies were delivered by two obstetricians, Dr. Steven Thompson and Dr. Peter Taylor, with the aid of the maternity ward’s nursing staff.

“They did an amazing job, worked hard and gave excellent care,” Bacus said.

Thompson and Taylor each has a private practice at Tahoe Forest Women’s Center.

They also deliver babies and perform surgeries at Tahoe Forest Hospital.


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