Gundersen Health System in La Crosse on pace for record-breaking births

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Births are down nationwide, but not at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse — for the second year in a row.

Last year, the hospital welcomed a record-setting 1,696 newborns. This year, the hospital is on pace to break that record with 1,700 births, making it busier than ever.

OB-GYN Clinical Operation Director Christina Flisram doesn’t usually work on the floor. But this year, she has served as an extra pair of hands.

“I have been staffing on the floor as well, so helping to assist direct patient care and delivery and obstetrics and nursery and so on,” Flisram said.

Amy Pearson-Jensen is one of those new moms. She delivered her son Jack in June.

“The whole process of being pregnant in a pandemic, there was a lot of anxiety around that,” Pearson-Jensen said.

She missed out on shared experiences and typical festivities. But still, Pearson-Jensen felt cared for.

“I remember my midwife telling me after the fact that she delivered Jack, then within 20 or 30 minutes she delivered another baby down the hall,” Pearson-Jensen said.

Laura Steigen, who is due any day now, finds the baby boom reassuring.

“They’re good at what they do. It’s just like peace of mind,” Steigen said.

No one is certain why La Crosse is seeing this increase, but these new moms are excited to be part of it

“It was just really a blessing, I felt like, to welcome this healthy baby boy in such a turbulent time in the world,” Pearson-Jensen said.

We don’t have the number of babies born at Mayo Clinic this year just yet.

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