Baby boom? Not really, but West Valley reports a rise in births

adutton@idahostatesman.comAugust 19, 2013 

There's no indication that Idaho's birth rate is spiking, but a hospital in Caldwell says its maternity rooms are welcoming more babies, and other Treasure Valley hospitals report slight increases.

West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell has had a 30 percent increase in births since last year, according to spokeswoman Wendy McClain.

"Our increase in birth rates [is] most likely due to our newly renovated Family Maternity Center suites with king-size bids" and its offer of free childbirth classes for pregnant women, McClain said.

Saint Alphonsus Health System spokeswoman Jennifer Krajnik said there has been a slight increase in births at Saint Alphonsus hospitals in the past 18 months.

"More importantly, we have seen a significant increase in women requesting to tour our birthing centers as well as an increase in OB/GYN visits," she said.

Over at St. Luke's Health System, the births fluctuated hospital by hospital in the past two fiscal years. Deliveries at St. Luke's Boise and Meridian hospitals decreased in number, but they increased at St. Luke's Magic Valley and Wood River hospitals.

The health system's Treasure Valley hospitals had 5,364 deliveries in fiscal 2011, 5,057 in fiscal 2012 and about 3,360 between October 2012 and May 2013.

Audrey Dutton: 377-6448

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