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Bay Area hospitals seeing birthrates inching back up after recession
The Mercury News

Every time a baby is born at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, the sounds of Brahms’ Lullaby stream through the halls of the hospital. On a recent spring day, the tune rarely stopped playing as the entire 35-bed mother-and-baby unit in the Long Tower was occupied.

“It was beautiful,” said Nicole McCaughin, John Muir’s interim director of women and children’s services. “We had 35 moms with babies, and that was the first time since we built the Long Tower (in 2011) that every single room was full.”