Fort Campbell Readies For Baby Boom Following Soldiers Return

Clarksville, Tenn. (AP) -- Fort Campbell is getting ready for its next baby boom following the return of thousands of soldiers to the Army Post after deployment in Iraq.

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital is receiving nearly a dozen new expecting mothers each day, and officials expect deliveries to peak in June.

The monthly average of births is 130, and the highest number the Army hospital ever delivered was 202 in October 2004.

In May, however, about 180 mothers are expected to give birth with more than 250 due in June, about nine months after 20,000 soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division returned from a yearlong deployment.

Although the hospital won't deliver all the babies because many families will move to other posts, officials say they're prepared and plan to hire more medical personnel to handle the heavy load.

The hospital has seven labor and delivery rooms and three recovery rooms that can be converted to delivery rooms.

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