NEW YORK (AP) – The stork deserves a summer vacation after a record 74 newborns were delivered in 48 hours at a Brooklyn hospital.

The Maimonides Medical Center called in staff reinforcements and opened an extra wing after the 60-bed birthing suite was filled to capacity during a surprise baby surge last week.

Hospital spokeswoman Eileen Tynion says that veteran staff often swap stories about spikes in baby births, but couldn’t recall such a tyke-storm as the one that began on Tuesday. She says once or twice a year about 65 babies are born over 48 hours.

The usual tempo for the hospital is about 20 bundles of joy a day.

Tynion says the closures of two Brooklyn hospitals might have helped stoke the surge.

She says there were no complaints from moms.


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