Fort Campbell hospital reaches milestone: 2,007 babies in 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) — Most hospitals celebrate the first babies born of the year, but Fort Campbell’s hospital is focusing on the deliveries at the end of the year.
The 2,007th baby was born Sunday at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, a milestone in the base’s baby boom created by troops returning last fall.
Jennifer Taylor, 32, is hoping the special designation for her new son, Joseph, gives him a little extra luck.
“I think it means we can expect great things from him,” Taylor said Monday from her hospital room, about 60 miles north of Nashville.
Taylor and her husband, Sgt. Danny Taylor, are among thousands of growing families at the base on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, which is home to the 101st Airborne Division.
Hospital officials saw a huge increase in births, nearly twice the usual number of deliveries per month, about nine months after 20,000 soldiers with the 101st returned from a deployment in Iraq.
When Sgt. Taylor returned home in November, the couple wanted to have another baby boy to join their three other children. But like many of the other families on base, the new father was deployed again in September before Joseph could be born.
“I don’t think we knew he was going to be gone so soon,” she said, noting she gave him the good news by phone on Sunday night. “Joey will be 7 months old before his dad holds him, but that’s a commitment you make as a family.”
While a temporary increase in births is not uncommon after soldiers return, the boom this year is the biggest the post has seen in decades.
Published in The Messenger on 12.20.07