NEW ORLEANS, LA
At 3:11 a.m CST a baby boy marked a positive trend for Ochsner's New Orleans hospitals, as they expect the number of births in the city to continue to rise. The first 2007 Ochsner bundle of joy was born at Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank. Carisa Washington and Kemper Jacobs are the proud parents of baby boy, Kemper Jacobs, Jr. weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches long.
And, at 8:56 a.m. CST, Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway welcomed Leslie George Brown Jr. Proud parents are Lawanda Cayou and Leslie George Brown Sr. Their first child, Leslie Jr. weighed in at 7 pounds, 0.6 ounces and 19 inches long.
Jackie Lupo, RN, Director of the Ochsner Labor and Delivery Unit explains that Ochsner has been experiencing a significant baby boom due in part to the closures of many New Orleans hospitals following Hurricane Katrina. Ochsner doubled its number of births from 900 to 1,800 in 2006.
"While taking into account the reduced number of hospitals, Ochsner is in fact celebrating a true baby boom" explains Dr. Al Robichaux III, MD , Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "As more people return to the city, confident and comfortable having their children here, the city will continue to rebuild and develop stronger communities."
To meet the demand, in 2006 Ochsner hired 11 additional Obstetricians. Ochsner is currently in the process of developing new space to accommodate its expanding Women's services program.
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