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Stafford Hospital, Spotsylvania Regional hosting 1-in-4 deliveries

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The new hospitals in the region now host one in four deliveries.

The number of babies born at Mary Washington Hospital has dropped since the opening of Stafford Hospital and the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Yet it remains a popular choice for expectant parents.

Mary Washington hosted 3,091 deliveries in 2011, nearly triple the combined births at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center (569 births) and Stafford Hospital (495 births).

In 2008, the last year that it was the only local option, Mary Washington hosted 3,862 births. Since then, more than one in four moms-to-be have moved their deliveries to Stafford, which opened in February 2009, or Spotsylvania Regional, which opened in June 2010.

The statistics came from the Virginia Department of Social Services and Mary Washington’s audit.  The Division of Child Support Enforcement, within the Department of Social Services, tracks the number of babies born statewide, including the number born to unmarried parents.  In the Fredericksburg area in 2011, 38 percent of births were to unmarried parents. The state average was 41 percent.

(The Department of Social Services statistics are here.)