Published on January 05, 2018

Pella Regional Delivered 530 Babies in 2017

VAn Brogen FamilyPELLA, Iowa – Pella Regional Health Center’s first baby of 2018 is a little girl, Telia Lenyx, born at 7:50 am on Jan. 2. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her parents are Jerry and Amber Van Brogen from Newton. Dr. Matt Morgan performed the C-section and Dr. Tereasa Van Zee was the delivering physician.

While Telia is Pella Regional’s first baby in 2018, there were 530 babies delivered at Pella Regional Health Center in 2017. There were 284 boys and 246 girls. The heaviest baby was 11 pounds 10 ounces and the longest was 22.5 inches.

Dr. Van Zee With Baby TeliaThe most popular names for boys and for girls included:
Boy: Liam
Girl: Emma

In August 2017, Pella Regional staff and physicians opened their new Family Birthing Center. With the growth in deliveries over the past few years, it had become apparent that an expansion was needed to serve the growing number of women choosing to have their baby at Pella Regional. The new area includes:

  • More rooms for labor/delivery and postpartum -- 7 labor rooms, 3 postpartum rooms and 2 triage rooms. 
  • Additional space in the nursery.
  • Expanded nursing station and waiting areas

“We’re so excited and proud of our new Family Birthing Center,” said Karen Westercamp, manager of Obstetrics at Pella Regional. “Our patients are saying that everything is very calm and relaxing. It’s a joy to hear those words as that is exactly the atmosphere we were trying for with our set up and design.”

Along with the new Family Birthing Center on the third floor, Pella Regional also added 2 new family physicians who also practice obstetrics with Dr. Christopher Strong and Dr. Elizabeth Wooster. Having nine physicians to go to for obstetrics is a great asset to residents in Pella Regional’s growing service area.