CHI St. Alexius Williston seeing growth in births

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WILLISTON, N.D. - In February, we reported that while there might be a slowdown in oil, there is no slowdown in the number of babies being born in Williston. Nine and a half months into the year, that is still the case.

CHI St. Alexius Williston saw its 600th baby born in 2016 Tuesday night. For those working in the O-BGYN department, the last few years have been a whirlwind.

"When I started we had 35 deliveries a month and now we're having 75 deliveries a month. And at first it was pretty chaotic and it kind of hit us pretty quickly, but we have, we've kind of just grown with it," says Erica Freed, Registered Nurse.

"We're seeing the young families stay. I think this is a huge tribute to what we've grown into here in Williston, that we aren't a dying population, we're still continuing to grow and here at the hospital. We're very excited," says Dubi Cummings, CHI St. Alexius Health Williston.

They are on pace for around 850 babies this year, which is only slightly down from the 883 born last year.