Record Setting Year at Dubuque's Baby Hospital
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Record Setting Year at Dubuque's Baby Hospital

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2017 marked a record year in UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital’s Family Birthing Suites. 771 babies were born – the largest number of babies born since 1948.  In 1948, 794 babies were delivered at Finley making 2017 the second largest year in our history. 2015 rounds out the top 3 largest years at 751 babies. Of course, when you have a record setting year, everyone asks, “Any reason for this “baby boom”? We spoke to our team about the birth trends at Finley to determine what role, if any, they play in the baby boom. Here’s what we learned:

  • More families from Asbury are choosing Finley and according to the most recent census data, Asbury is one of the fastest growing communities in the state. 
  • According to the CDC, nationally, birth rates declined among women under age 30 and rose for women aged 30-44. This trend is true at Finley; 26 percent more mothers who delivered were over the age of 30.
  • Given trend number two, it’s not surprising that the birth rate for teens is down both nationally as well as at Finley.  We saw a 26 percent drop in teen births this year.
  • The c-section delivery rate continues to decline. Nationally 31.9 percent of births are c-sections (down 0.1 percent from last year), whereas at Finley, c-section births account for 23.5 percent of births (down 0.7 percent from last year).
  • We serve communities all over the Tri-State area. Families from Dyersville, Maquoketa, Platteville (WI), and Savanna (IL) (and everywhere in between) are choosing Finley to start their babies’ lives.

  •  A popular saying in our Family Birthing Suites unit is, “His, mine and ours” referring to blended families. Our data shows that the growth rate for married women having babies nearly doubled that of single or unmarried women in 2016.

  • Fun fact: we found that older moms had slightly larger babies than younger moms and male babies tended to be slightly larger than females.

  • Babies born at Finley have great outcomes. Thanks to our Level II NICU and neonatal nurse practitioners who are at the hospital 24/7 – babies have advanced practitioners who specialize in caring for the smallest of babies. Plus, our partnership with UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids means that if a higher level of care is needed, our hospitals work together to provide the best outcome for our families.

Although these trends are certainly interesting, we believe that the quality care we provide for our patients certainly is the number one indicator for why we are seeing a baby boom. From our neonatal nurse practitioners to our family doctors, midwives, and obstetrics providers; and our mom and baby nurses to our 9 certified lactation consultants – our entire team goes above and beyond to deliver on our promise of best outcome, every patient, every time.