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Baby boom continues in Highlands

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NHS Highland has seen a year-on-year rise in the birth rate

The number of births at the biggest hospital in the Highlands is continuing to rise year on year.

NHS Highland figures show from July 2007 to June 2008 there were 2,010 babies born at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

From July 2006 to June 2007 there were 1,944.

NHS Highland said the general growth of Inverness as a city was behind an increase in the birth rate over the past five years.

The health board's midwifery service said its staff were again busy with newborns and expectant mothers.

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