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Center marks milestone
First year brought 1,500 babies
womens opening
Guests mingle during the grand opening of Northside-Forsyth's Women's Center last year. - photo by File photo
One year and 1,500 babies later, Northside Hospital-Forsyth marks the one-year anniversary of its women’s center.

The facility, several years and some $42 million in the making, arrived on Aug. 6, 2008.

Melissa Sugg, hospital manager of women’s services, said she is proud “of all that we have accomplished in our first year.”

“Our dedicated physicians, nurses and other professionals have gone over and beyond in helping to make the women’s center so successful,” she said. “The community support has been overwhelming.

“We’ve had numerous opportunities to interact with the community, and lots of volunteer organizations have offered their support.”

About 8 a.m. one year ago, the center welcomed its first baby, Hudson Lee Bickers.

Since then, the hospital has also seen its first set of triplets — Brianna, Mikayla and Tristan Ford — as well as its first pair of sisters who gave birth on the same day, Christen Stettler of Cumming and Sabrina Caraway of Lawrenceville.

Prior to Bickers’ arrival, it had been 25 years since the last scheduled birth in the county.

The women’s center has made up for lost time, with about 125 births per month over the past year.

The 103,000-square-foot facility has six private delivery and recovery rooms and six observation rooms.

It also features seven private pre-operating rooms, three C-section operating rooms and 16 private post-partum rooms.

According to hospital figures, about 47 percent of the babies born at the center have been boys and about 62 percent of the births were to Forsyth County families.

Since Aug. 6, 2008, about 6,000 patients have visited the women’s center, which has gone through more than 60,000 diapers.

Today it’s business as usual at the center. This weekend, however, hospital employees and families of all the babies born at the center are invited for a private celebration.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Sugg said. “Some of the babies that were delivered on the first day are going to be here and we’re going to recognize some of the milestone deliveries.

“Our staff are very excited as well as the doctors and we’re looking forward to seeing the babies that are going to be here.”

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