MINOT, N.D. – Hospitals in the three hub cities in North Dakota’s Oil Patch set records in 2014 for the number of babies born.

Trinity Health in Minot recorded 1,713 births in 2014, up 83 from the previous year. That set a record for Trinity for the second year in a row.

Sevda Raghib, women’s and children’s services director, said a few of the births were multiple births, so the number of babies born was actually higher.

In addition, Trinity had 265 admissions into its Newborn Intensive Care Unit, also a new record.

“This consistently busy pace has been the new normal as the city continues to grow,” Raghib said.

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In Williston, Mercy Medical Center recorded 804 babies born in 2014. That’s an increase of 54 from the record Mercy set in 2013.

In Dickinson, CHI St. Joseph’s reported 611 births in 2014, an increase of 71 deliveries over 2013. Deb Bolin, director of obstetrics, said the Dickinson hospital has had a steady increase of deliveries each year since 2010.

Census estimates list the three cities as among the fastest-growing communities of their size in the nation.