Rising birth rate prompts extra recruitment

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

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

Dr David Farquharson, Clinical Director, Women’s Services, NHS Lothian, said:

“In common with the rest of Scotland, we are seeing increases in the number of births at our hospitals. The number of babies born in NHS Lothian hospitals has risen by 3% in 2007 compared to 2006, and 10% comparing 2007 to 2003.
“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 6008 in 2005-6 to 6122 in 2006-7.
The number of births at St John’s, in Livingston, rose from 2686 in 2005-6 to 2789 in 2006-7.
The figures were published by ISD Scotland today (Tuesday, 30th September, 2008). Internal figures from NHS Lothian suggest the number of births is continuing to rise.