Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Oh Baby, the Pressure's on; Midwives Highlight September Births Boom

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Oh Baby, the Pressure's on; Midwives Highlight September Births Boom

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk

ABABY boy boom is expected in the North East next month as new figures show that it is the most popular four weeks for boys to be born in the region.

Information obtained by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has highlighted that September is the time when more boys are born in the region than any other month.

Across the North East, from 2001 to 2011, 677 more boys than girls were born in September alone. There were 14,042 boys born in comparison to 13,365 girls.

Catherine Wood, a midwife at Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: "It does not surprise me that more boys are born than girls.

"Our statistics show that 51% of babies born at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are boys and 49% girls.

"There are often more boys on the postnatal ward and in community children's centres and pre-school classes have more boys too.

"Yet in September our statistics were the other way round as there were 76 males born and 79 females."

The Royal baby, Prince George of Cambridge, is firmly with the majority being born in July, which is England's single busiest month for births.

Yet in the North East in 2011 it was November that had the most babies born with a total of 2,642 arrivals.

Meanwhile, in the same year, February had the least amount of babies born at just 2,289.

Mother-of-two Mrs Wood said: "It is often the case that more babies are born after September as it can be through drunken celebrations around Christmas and New Year.

"When the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was published we also witnessed a baby boom and we have had a laugh on the wards about it."

She added: "It is important that midwives continue to be supported and nationally we continue to get more midwives through training so that staffing numbers can be increased, which will be of benefit to patients. …

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