Baby boom brings boys |

Baby boom brings boys

A bouncing-baby-boy boom has just concluded at Aspen Valley Hospital, where 14 babies, all males, were born over the course of 12 days.That’s right, every birth at AVH since Sept. 29 has been a boy.The sudden overcrowding prompted some humor around the hospital, as it illustrated what hospital officials had been saying for months as they prepared this week’s formal proposal to expand and moderinize the maternity ward.And hospital staffers have been passing around a photo of the hospital’s nursery which, at one point, was crowded with nine babies at once. Bassinets jammed the room, leaving very little room for nurses to move around in.Asked what such a concentration of little boys might signify, AVH public relations chief Ginny Dyche quipped, “I think it means little girls are going to have a lot of fun” in about 15 years or so.Dyche said that, while it isn’t unusual for the hospital to see so many births in such a short span, it is unusual that they are all the same gender.And, said obstetrics nursing manager Cheryl Heffernan, it is unusual to have nine babies, including a set of twins, crowded into the nursery at once.The families of the babies are from up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, Dyche said, as well as a mother who came to Aspen from Telluride. Dyche said AVH attracts a number of orthopedic patients from Telluride, and surmised that the mother may have been drawn here by a related “good feeling” about health care in this valley.Heffernan said that, after the birth of the last baby Tuesday, there was no one in labor, and the ward was quiet once again.John Colson’s e-mail address is

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