Royal Inland Hospital welcomes hundreds of babies amid pandemic

The Kamloops hospital saw 227 babies born between March 17 and May 24, while another 561 newborns were welcomed during the same period in hospitals in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton.

On average around the world, 250 babies are born every minute.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic slowing the world’s economy, the birth rate carries on.

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Amid the pandemic, Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops welcomed 227 babies between March 17 and May 24, with 49 babies born in the hospital between March 17 and March 31, another 92 babies born in April and a further 86 babies born from May 1 to May 24.

The Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton hospitals welcomed a total of 561 babies from March 17 to May 24.

While many women gave birth at hospitals, some mothers-to-be in the province were forced to change their plans to minimize the risk to themselves, their babies and their families.

Interior Health said when the public health emergency was declared due to the pandemic, a process was developed for each hospital, which meant identifying expectant mothers who presented COVID-19 symptoms and those who didn’t.

The mothers were then separated, which allowed staff to care for both groups.

Fortunately, instances of the virus have been relatively low in the province, with Interior Health reporting it has never encountered issues with reaching capacity in the region.

“But plans are in place at every maternity site to accommodate both COVID-19 suspect and non-COVID-19 mothers,” the health authority stated.

Other health authorities also put a limit on the number of people who can accompany an expectant mother, to minimize the risk of exposure and spread of the disease.

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