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Throwback Thursday: June 1980 baby boom set record for Natrona County

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jun 3, 2021

This cutline appeared with this photo in the Casper Journal: "A record breaking 154 live births occurred at Natrona County Memorial Hospital during the month of June, indicating a possible record number of births for this county in 1980. If the county does show an increase in births over last year, it will be bucking a national trend which shows the birth rate dropping."

This week, we're flashing back 41 years to perhaps one of the cutest throwbacks in our history.

In June 1980, Memorial Hospital delivered a record-breaking 154 babies. (Our typical average these days is about 80 babies born per month.)

OB nurse Connie Sweeney told the Casper Star-Tribune that she expected that record to be broken by the end of the year. (June's record was reportedly broken in September 1980.)

The Casper Journal wrote that while national birth rates were dropping, jobs in energy were attracting young families to the state in record numbers. Photos from the two papers show nurseries practically carpeted in wall-to-wall baby basinets.

That last time we came even a little close to the '80 baby boom was July 2013 when we delivered 123 babies!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday looks back on Wyoming Medical Center’s long, rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center, which archives our vast collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia; and to "Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History," by Rebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D.