Covid Baby Boom: 25 babies in 24 hours at UMass Memorial Medical Center

BOSTON — A Covid 19 Baby Boom swept through Worcester’s UMass Memorial Medical Center this week with 25 babies born in 24 hours.

“It’s been a busy week, a few weeks actually, with Covid Boom Babies,” Dr. Aashna Saina said.

From 3:50 pm Wednesday to 3:50 Thursday, 11 girls and 14 boys were born in the Maternity Ward at UMass Memorial.

Seven of the twenty-five were c-section births.

All of the babies were born healthy and are now thriving.

The staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center typically delivers up to 12 babies a day.

But midway through Wednesday’s shift, staff noticed something was very different.

“There were babies being born in one room then, running to the next room, which is not uncommon in labor and delivery, but it usually stops after a couple of hours,” Dr. Gina Sullivan said. “This went on for 24 hours and is kind of unprecedented in recent times.”

During the cycle, great care was taken to make sure each new Mom and her Baby were given the individual attention they deserved.

“Every mom, every baby is really special to us,” Dr. Smita Carroll said.

Julian Cardinal was born during UMass Memorial’s baby boom. His mother Gabrielle and his Dad Jacob tell me they didn’t even notice so many other babies were being born when Julian was on the way.

“We got all the attention that we needed, it was perfect,” Gabrielle Cardinal said. “It was crazy when we found out this morning that he was one of 25.”

All of the staffers are now back at work at UMass Memorial, ready to bring more young lives into the world.

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