The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) is experiencing a ‘baby boom’ over the summer causing some delays in the programs and facilities it offers.
Summer is the busiest time of year for babies to be born, according to a media release from the LHSC.
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In July 2021, LHSC delivered 561 newborns, the highest monthly total the hospital has ever recorded.
Last year, 1,115 babies were born at LHSC between July and August.
“July and August tend to be the busiest months to have babies,” said Dr. Tracey Crumley, Chair and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the LHSC. “This time last year was kind of a peak year (and) I don’t know if we’re going to quite match those numbers.”
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Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crumley said that while LHSC numbers have increased, shipments have not increased when the pandemic began.
“In fact, it was actually a year later that people decided they might as well get on with their lives,” Crumley said. “We’ve also seen quite an influx of people moving to the London area from larger centers like the GTA because they have realized that housing is more affordable and they can work from home.”
Now, in June 2022, the team at LHSC saw two sets of twins and one set of triplets born in the same day.
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“We just had 25 babies in 24 hours,” Crumley said Tuesday, adding that the number is within the recent average of daily births, ranging from 20 to 25 babies born each day at LHSC.
She added that staff shortages continue to be a problem for the hospital and all departments.
“It’s quite a challenge for us to just not have enough staff to meet the increased demand that we would normally have in the summer,” Crumley said.
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One area affected by the summer “baby boom” is planned labor induction, also known as labor induction, which is induced by a health care provider through the use of drugs or physical tactics, such as: B. the rupture of the amniotic sac of the expectant mother.
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“Due to the natural hectic nature of the season, combined with the reduced staffing levels we currently have, it has been very difficult to get these people to start the work process,” Crumley said. “We can’t do anything unless we have the right staff or space to actually take care of them.”
According to the LHSC media release, cases are being investigated on an ongoing basis and triaged based on medical need.
“The date of planned births can be changed as we navigate an influx of spontaneous births,” Crumley said. “Rest assured that each patient’s case is individually reviewed and prioritized daily based on medical needs. Those awaiting scheduled admission will be contacted when it is time to go to the hospital.”
Waiting times in the outpatient clinic and in the obstetrics triage area of the LHSC may also be longer.
The hospital is asking for “patience and understanding” from expectant parents as they adjust to the busy months ahead.
“We know that welcoming a new baby is a very exciting time and people can be both anxious and excited,” said Amanda Williams, director of the Women’s Care Program at LHSC. “Due to the high patient volume as well as some staffing challenges, we ask for your patience while we work to provide quality care to all of our patients.”
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