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Platte family welcomes first Avera Queen of Peace baby of 2021

Number of babies born in Mitchell dropped slightly

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Cody and Rebecca Qualm are pictured with their daughter, Lyndy. She was the first baby born at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in 2021. (Avera Queen of Peace photo)

A Platte family welcomed the first baby of 2021 born at Avera Queen of Peace on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Lyndy Joyce Qualm, weighing 5 pounds and 10 ounces, is the daughter of Cody and Rebecca Qualm of Platte. She was born at 12:34 p.m. on Jan. 2. She joins a sister, Blake.

“The staff were very helpful and welcoming,” the Qualms said of their hospital experience.

In 2020, there were 482 babies born at AQOP. That was down slightly compared to the 490 babies born in Mitchell in 2019.

The most popular names for girls were Charlotte (4) and Hallie (4). Three girls were given each of the following names: Ava, Clara and Emma.

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The most popular names for boys were Oliver (4), Wesley (4) and Wyatt (4). Three boys were given each of the following names: Daniel, Henry, Liam and Logan.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a challenging year for the hospital's Women’s Center. However, there were some silver linings observed by staff and reported by patients.

Visitation restrictions to protect the baby, mother and caregivers allowed only one support person with the mother during her stay at the hospital. While this prevented the usual friend and family visitations that often accompany a birth, it led to:

  • Reports of increased patient (parental) satisfaction with their stay;
  • Increased parental bonding time with the child;
  • Improved breastfeeding rates/success as parents were able to watch more closely for infant feeding cues and get the baby to breast immediately;
  • Providers being able to visit more easily with the patients because they didn’t have to worry about interrupting visitors in the room; and
  • Increased patient/nurse interaction and education due to having more time in the room.

This story has been updated to reflect corrected information about the number of babies born at Avera Queen of Peace in 2020.

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