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More staff for Lothian baby boom

The number of babies born in the Lothians has risen by 3%

A mini-baby boom in Lothian has led to the recruitment of extra staff in maternity services across the region's hospitals.

Two extra consultants and a number of midwives, have joined the teams at NHS Lothian's Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and St John's Hospital in Livingston.

The number of babies born in Lothian increased by 3% in 2007 compared to 2006, and 9% comparing 2007 to 1999.

The figures were published by ISD Scotland.

Growing population

Dr David Farquharson, NHS Lothian Women's Services clinical director, said: "In common with the rest of Scotland, we are seeing increases in the number of births at our hospitals.

"This is probably a consequence of Lothian's growing population in general, as we see more people moving into the area as a result of economic growth.

"In maternity services, we are able to plan ahead and we are coping well with rising numbers of births.

"Earlier this year we recruited two additional consultant obstetricians, one based at RIE, one at St John's, and a number of additional midwives as part of a major investment in our services."

The number of births in Lothian has risen from 8,480 births in the year up to March 2006 to 8,721 births in the year up to March 2007.

The number of births at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh rose from 6,008 in 2005-6 to 6,122 in 2006-7.

The number of births at St John's, in Livingston, rose from 2,686 in 2005-6 to 2,789 in 2006-7.

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