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So far for the month of June some are calling it a bumper crop. We're not talking about anything that has nothing to do with farming, rather new babies coming into the world at one area hospital.

Little Elyse Rosemary, born just Monday afternoon, is baby number three for Amy and Josh Fossum. For the Genesis East birth center in Davenport she's number 68 so far this month. "It's a high number and it looks like we so should hit, we'll have a really good month for June," said birth center Nurse Manager Deb Renner, "I think thus far this month we've had some days with over 13 babies in a day."

She says 200 births is a good June and, at a week and a half in, the birth center is well on its way to reach that. The floor busy with babies is something families have noticed. "We were looking for an anesthesiologist earlier and they were all booked up. Sounded like they had quite a bit on their hands today at the hospital. We heard several babies crying down the hallway. It was kind of exciting," said Josh Fossum.

Nurses say that can't explain the small boom in bundles of joy, at least not with anything happening nine months ago. For instance, major weather events like a blizzard can sometimes induce more births. "Not that any families have shared with us that there was a momentous occasion that everyone decided to have a baby," said Renner.

"Must be a good month. Good month to have a summer baby. Nice to get her out before it gets too hot and uncomfortable. That's exciting," said Amy Fossum.

The Fossum's had the timing of their little girl's arrival somewhat planned out. "We kind of did. We knew our other kids would just be getting out of school and so it kind of help out with daycare costs over the summer," added the father.

The record for a given month at Genesis East is about 250 new wee ones. Nurses predict that could very well happen. "We're only a third of the way through so we may hit it yet," added Renner.

If it does, the Fossum's will be excited to share that with their daughter. But instead of the numbers or a record, there's only one thing that matters to them right now. "Just happy. Happy and healthy that's all we want," said mom.

Trinity hospitals are seeing a good amount of newborns too with just under 70 births between the two campuses. We're told the Moline location is pretty par for the course, but Trinity at Terrace Park is on track for a busy June too.

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