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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