First comes leave, then comes baby

Spc. Jason R. Walker, Forward Maintenance Company, Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division holds his son Christopher Camden Ray Walker, born 6 pounds, 14 ounces at Fort Wainwright’s Basset Army Community Hospital at 3:07 a.m., only 30 minutes after his daddy returned home from Iraq. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2009.

Spc. Jason R. Walker, Forward Maintenance Company, Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division holds his son Christopher Camden Ray Walker, born 6 pounds, 14 ounces at Fort Wainwright’s Basset Army Community Hospital at 3:07 a.m., only 30 minutes after his daddy returned home from Iraq. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2009. (Photo by Maj. David Mattox/US Army Alaska Deputy PAO)

Fairbanks and Bassett Army Community Hospital are waiting on some new arrivals.

It was about nine months ago that more than 4,000 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division soldiers came home on leave. That means there will be an influx of babies this month.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says medical staff are preparing for a busy spring. March is the peak month, with 110 due dates scheduled. To prepare, the hospital has doubled its usual number of beds for expecting mothers to 20.

On Thursday, the hospital launched Diaper Daze, a baby information fair in the hospital lobby. Diaper Daze will take place monthly through the heart of baby season and will slow down this summer.

 

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