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

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jun 5, 2014

Babies from our record-breaking June 1980 baby boom line our nursery in this Casper Journal photo.

Babies from our record-breaking June 1980 baby boom line our nursery in this Casper Journal photo.

Casper-Star Tribune, July 11, 1980. Click to enlarge.

Casper-Star Tribune, July 11, 1980. Click to enlarge.

In July 2013, nurses and doctors were hopping at The Birth Place. We delivered 123 babies that month, the most in a single month since March 1986 when we delivered 125. We were proud of our baby boom – as you can see from these stories on The Pulse and those that appeared in local media.

But it was nothing compared to the baby boom from June 1980. Memorial Hospital delivered a record-breaking 154 babies that month, and OB nurse Connie Sweeney told the Casper Star-Tribune that she expected that record to be broken by the end of the year. (Click the article at right to read more.) That 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.

While it will be fun to see how this summer compares to last summer’s big baby boom, I think it’s safe to say our nurses aren’t looking for another month like June 1980 anytime soon.

This cutline appeared with this photo in the Casper Journal:

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."

 More on last year’s baby boom:

#ThrowbackThursday is a weekly series celebrating Wyoming Medical Center’s long and rich history in Natrona County.  Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia. If you recognize anyone from our #ThrowbackThursday posts or have more to add to the stories, please post a comment.

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