By CAMERON MATHISON
Baby oh baby! What an amazing 24 hours in Orlando inside the maternity ward of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies — one of the country’s most active wards in the country, where about 15,000 babies are born a year.
Our segment was in the works for months as we counted down to what may be the biggest baby day of the year — 11/11/11. The “Good Morning America” team worked with the hospital to get consent from those families that were interested in being a part of the segment, but we didn’t know who would be joining us until expectant mothers arrived at the hospital. Our crews were literally moving from room to room for 24 hours to capture all the excitement.
Checking in with moms in labor is nerve wracking, but exciting. It’s amazing to watch all of these beautiful little babies come into the world.
In an instant, these parents’ lives will never be the same. Everything you think matters in life seems to fall out of focus and fade away into the background compared to the beautiful stranger who arrives. Watching the look on these parents’ faces, and remembering my own experience was overwhelming.
In the 24 hours we spent at the maternity ward, 41 babies were born — 25 girls and 16 boys — and 15 moms were still in labor. By the time we were packing up, three of those 15 were getting ready to give birth.
I’m not sure if it’s the magic date, 11/11/11, or the full moon, but there was a certain peaceful, serene energy in the air. So many babies and still it was so quiet and calm. They must have known that it was their national television debut.