Birth Rates Rise As Fort Bragg Soldiers Return

Soldiers home from deployment mean more babies at Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Womack expects significantly more births this summer after the 82nd Airborne Division's return from deployment in September.

At least 315 babies are expected in June, 285 in July, 324 in August and 323 in September. The hospital averages about 270 births per month.

The September homecoming was the first time since 2003 that all 22,000 soldiers in the division were home.

Womack is already the busiest maternity ward of any U.S. military hospital.

Nearby Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville is also busier. Hospital officials said 400 new babies are anticipated in May and 450 in June and July. The hospital normally averages 350 deliveries a month.


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  • by the rookie Location: gvegas on May 19, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    they decided to make love not war...yay for babies:)
  • by pete Location: grifton on May 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    Remember that old Camel cigarette commercial"I'D walk a mile for a camel"
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on May 18, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Get ready for higher taxes, someone's got to pay for those bay bay kids
  • by Sheeshh on May 18, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    struggling for sensationalism aren't ya,, WITN?
  • by location Location: some where on May 18, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Is this report to include(gay couples)???
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    my,my,my who would have ever thought..... :-p
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    This is news?
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