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By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications
WILLISTON -– A baby boom continued in North Dakota’s Oil Patch in 2015 even as falling oil prices prompted layoffs and workers leaving the area.
Hospitals in Williston and Minot each reported a record number of deliveries last year, and Dickinson had the most births in one year since the 1980s oil boom.
“We have not slowed down with the oil going down,” said Leona Lambert, who oversees OB services for Mercy Medical Center in Williston.
Williston had a record 882 births in 2015, up from 804 in 2014.
Vicky Wiebe, who became a new mom in Williston last year, said the numbers show that many workers who relocated their families to North Dakota have decided to stay despite the recent downturn.
“The workers that are up here are the ones that are staying here,” said Wiebe, whose family moved to Williston from Texas in 2012.