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Maternity madness: Mini baby boom at Sacred Heart in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

There's a little bit of maternity ward madness going on at Sacred Heart Friday. 

As KHQ morning hot clicks reporter, Nichole Mischke left for her maternity leave Friday morning, she was showered with last minute gifts and well wishes, but when she got to her doctor's office she quickly discovered it's a popular time to give birth.   

"It's absolutely crazy right now in labor and delivery," says Mischke. 

"It is a mini one day baby boom," says Susan Stacey, Chief nurse officer of Sacred Heart. 

It was so busy at Sacred Heart's maternity ward that KHQ wasn't even allowed in.  Well, Nichole Mischke was because she's about ready to have her baby. "I'm getting induced on Monday morning and the doctor just said it is so packed right now," says Mischke.  "All the rooms are full." 

"It's very rare," says Stacey.  "Generally we're able to manage our volumes on a fairly routine basis."  The hospital has had to do some schedule shifting to accommodate all the soon to be mothers.  They're cancelling or pushing back elective procedures, like inductions. 

That means Nichole and other moms to be may have to wait just a little bit long to meet their newborns. 

"I don't know if it's the full moon or Friday the 13th," says Mischke.  "The doctor did say that May in general is just kind of a busy month for babies."

Sacred Heart says they believe the problem won't take much more than a day to fix and they don't plan to turn anyone away.   

As for Nichole, she says she can wait, but not for too long.  "I'm feeling good, but I am ready to get this baby out!"

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