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Birthing highlights and milestones

Birthing highlights and milestones

Year Highlight/Milestone
1901 Hospital Auxiliary, later the Sparrow Auxiliary, the hospital's first volunteer group, is formed. For more than 75 years, the Auxiliary has provided a soft, flannel hand sewn baby blanket to every baby born at Sparrow.
1912 Hospital rededicated as Edward W. Sparrow Hospital at 1215 E. Michigan Avenue.
1920 Number of births become part of annual statistics. In that year, 287 births are recorded.
1934 First area quadruplets born to Carl and Sadie Morlok of Lansing. The Morlok quadruplets were named Edna A., Wilma B., Sara C. and Helen D. Their first initial were in the honor of the hospital of their birth, Edward W. Sparrow Hospital. Their middle initial recorded the order of their birth.
1948 Sparrow opens the Oak Park Annex on Lesher Place as a children's care center to allow more hospital beds for birthing services during the post-World War II baby boom. The use of the facility, loaned to the hospital by trustee R.E. Olds, was discontinued in 1959.
1956 Sparrow's 50,000th baby, Linda Marie Pfuhl, of Holt is born.
1966 Sparrow's 75,000th baby, Kathryn Mary Nemer, of Webberville is born.
1968 Sparrow is first hospital in the nation to use a sealed, pre-mixed formula, disposable nippled bottle to feed babies in the hospital nursery.
1974 Sparrow provides region's first neonatal intensive care unit for premature infants.
1973 Sparrow's 100,000th baby: Michell Marie Miers of Lansing is born.
1998 First area quintuplets born to Leith and Lori Curtis of Grand Ledge
1998 Sparrow's 200,000th baby: Blayne Amadeus Knechtges of Eaton Rapids is born.
2006 Six sets of twins born within 32 hours.
2006 Sparrow's second set up quintuplets born to Rex and Malessa Wing of Shepard.
2011 250,000th baby is born.

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