21 Dec 2010

Baby boom at Waitakere hospital

10:00 pm on 21 December 2010

There is something of a baby boom in Auckland. The maternity unit at Waitakere Hospital in Henderson had its busiest day ever last Thursday: 24 babies were delivered there in 24 hours.

The hospital says the norm is seven births per day.

Hospital manager Helen Ngatai says her staff were stretched but coped well, with the help of some independent midwives.

Waitemata District Health Board says it has no explanation for the number of births, but wonders whether hot temperatures have something to do with it.

The board says December as a whole has been busy.