YVMC sets 2003 birth record


A record number of babies were born last year at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Last year, 384 babies were born, which overtook the previous record of 355 babies born in 2001, said hospital spokesperson Christine McKelvie.

Of those babies in 2003, there were eight sets of twins.

The busiest birth months in 2003 were February and October, which each had 38 births. The slowest month was December, with 18 births, McKelvie said.

Nurse Cheryl Kindred, who started working with the hospital in 1976, saw the record year firsthand.

"We had a busy year," Kindred said.

The hospital delivers babies of Steamboat Springs and Routt County residents, as well as of residents who come from as far away as Rifle, Hot Sulphur Springs and Baggs, Wyo., she said.

The busy year is just another in a steady trend, she said.

"Every year has just been a few more, a few more," Kindred said.

The most popular name for girls born at the hospital was Haley or Hailey, which five families chose, McKelvie said. For boys, there was a tie between the names Cooper and Thomas, each of which was chosen by four families.

The next most popular name chosen for girls was Emma, chosen by four families, and Sophia or Sofia, chosen by four families.

There was considerable duplication of middle names for girls, with Marie chosen by 13 families, Anne or Ann chosen by 11, Nicole or Nichole chosen by 11 and Elizabeth chosen by nine.

For boys, the next most popular names were Andrew, Austin, Christopher, Cody or Kody, Jack or Jackson or Jaxs, each of which was chosen by three families.

There were 68,420 births to Colorado residents in 2002, the most recent year for which information was available, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Of those Colorado babies, the top five names chosen for boys were: Jacob, Joshua, Michael, Ethan and Joseph, according to the United States Social Security Administration.

The top five names chosen for girls were: Madison, Emily, Emma, Ashley and Isabella.

Nationally, the top baby names were similar, with the same five boys' names at the top of the nation's list as at the top of Colorado's list, and the top five girls' names being: Emily, Madison, Hannah, Emma and Alexis.

For doctors and nurses who help with the births, more babies mean more fun, Kindred said.

"It's a lovely business to be in," she said. "It's a very wonderful time in people's lives. They look forward to it so much, and we try to help them have the best experience they can."

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com


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