328 born in 2002

No New Year's baby yet at YVMC

— Yampa Valley Medical Center has yet to welcome a New Year's baby for 2003, but the hospital has the statistics on the babies born in 2002.

The most popular name for babies born at the hospital in 2002? Emily.

There were 328 babies born last year at YVMC. Eight of those were named Emily, making it the most popular name of the year, public relations director Christine McKelvie said.

Although Emily had three different spelling variations, it outpaced the name Madison and Morgan by three babies. Both names were used for five babies.

Three babies were named Elizabeth and another three, Lily.

McKelvie said over the years, names have become more unique.

"It seems that way to me," she said. "When we do release newborn names, it is often one of a kind names."

On the male side, a three-way tie occurred between the names Gabriel, John and Justin. Each name was chosen for four babies. The names Alexander, with one different spelling variation, Michael, Samuel, Trevor and Tyler were each used for three babies.

Overall, births decreased from 2001 when a record-breaking 355 babies were born. In 2002, October was the slowest month with 13 babies born and the summer was the most hectic season with 112 babies being born in June, July and August.

August 2001 is the record for the most babies born at YVMC in a single month -- 49.

While there were 328 babies born in 2002, the hospital is still waiting on its first newborn of 2003.

McKelvie said a baby usually comes in the first two days, but by 6 p.m. Thursday no one had even gone into labor.

The last baby to be born at the hospital was on Dec. 30.

The hospital gives the parents of the first baby Steamboat gift certificates.

Although the hospital's maternity wing is quiet now, a local obstetrics and gynecology office said February is gearing up to be a busy baby month.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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