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NewsMD podcast 'The Health Variant' episode: 'The Great Midwest Baby Boom?'

While the national birth rate continues to fall, the region has been going the other direction. That's according to Sanford Health, the South Dakota-based health system that also serves North Dakota and Minnesota. So what's going on?

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Rachel Bakken looks on while her husband, Shawn, holds their newborn child, Chase, born May 17 in Fargo. Rachel, a nurse at Sanford Health, is the first patient to be a part of the hospital's birth tissue donation program, which was started back in January for mothers who give birth via C-section. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A funny thing has been happening in the Upper Midwest.

While the national birth rate continues to fall, the region has been going the other direction. That's according to Sanford Health, the South Dakota-based health system that also serves North Dakota and Minnesota.

It's probably too early to call it a baby boom. But In the latest episode of the "The Health Variant" podcast, host and NewsMD Health Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks to Dr. Laurie Landeen of Sanford Health has some ideas about what's going on. And yes, that includes "Fertile Myrtles" (her words).

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"The Health Variant" digs into health topics important to the region, such as fitness, COVID-19, cannabis and telehealth, introduces listeners to must-know places and people and offers behind-the-scenes reporting.

NewsMD is a Forum Communications brand focusing on health and health care reporting, primarily in the Upper Midwest, including coverage of industry news, research, trends, technology, economic and policy issues.

"The Health Variant" is available on major podcast apps, including:

For comments or podcast episode topic suggestions, contact Fugleberg at jfugleberg@forumcomm.com or on Twitter: @jayfug.

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