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Do The Math: Soldiers' Return Plus 9 Months Equals Base Baby Boom

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - About 20-thousand soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell came home last fall.

Now, nine months later, there's a baby boom at the post.

The military hospital at Fort Campbell expects to deliver 210 babies soon, nearly twice the usual number of deliveries. And more are expected at other nearby hospitals in Tennessee and Kentucky.

A temporary increase in births is not uncommon after soldiers return, but the boom this year is the biggest the post has seen in decades.

In the Fort Campbell hospital's busy maternity waiting room, many new mothers do not even seem to notice when Brahms' lullaby starts playing over the public address system - the signal that another baby has just been born.

It's played about seven times a day.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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