Last year’s baby boom starting to slow with relaxed COVID guidelines

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Last year, Alabama hospitals saw record-breaking numbers in childbirths calling it a baby boom.

At the height of COVID-19, Southeast Health reported that 25 babies were born in just 24 hours. Now with relaxed COVID-19 guidelines, the baby boom has become a bust.

Health officials said the number of births has gone down dramatically.

OBGYN Shayne Matthew believes it is because people are returning to normal outside activities.

She encourages women who are pregnant to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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