PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has seen a boom in births over the past month, and many at the hospital suspect they know the cause: Hurricane Michael.
The hospital had projected around 180 births in July, but ended up with 225 deliveries. With two pairs of twins, the total birth count totaled 227. While there have certainly been more babies than expected, the hospital and its staff are prepared to meet the needs of all the mothers and babies it cares for.
"We made sure our staff was geared up," said Labor and Delivery Manager Teresa Kirkand. "We are prepared."
In addition, some of the employees of the hospital are set to be hurricane parents of their own, including pediatric intensive care unit nurse Rebecca Carr.
"I know that between our practitioners and our nurses that our babies are in great care," Carr said. "Being able to come here and have our baby here makes me feel very comfortable."