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Mini baby boom keeps hospital OB staff busy

One of many babies delivered at the Douglas County Hospital in the last few days was Hazel Diane Reif, the daughter of Sarah and Eddie Reif, who is the director of community relations and development for the hospital. (Contributed photo)

A mini baby boom has been taking place at the Douglas County Hospital (DCH) in the past few days.

On July 18, the hospital's Birth Place was "overflowing with new babies," said Eddie Reif, DCH director of community relations and development.

There were 14 babies delivered to 12 mothers and a C-section was scheduled later that day.

"This is not a record for us but it is certainly very unusual for our numbers to be this high," Reif said. "Our OB staff has been doing an outstanding job working tirelessly over the past week getting prepared for this influx."

Reif added that the hospital knew that June and July were going to be busy but it is always a "waiting game" because some mothers deliver early while others go late.

For Reif, personally, the waiting ended this past Monday. He and his wife, Sarah, contributed to the baby boom by becoming the proud parents of a new daughter, Hazel Diane Reif. She was born at the hospital weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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