Midland bubs add to boom

SJG Midland Public Hospital midwifery manager Julie Rakic with Meghan, Oscar and Ben Levett of Glen Forrest.
SJG Midland Public Hospital midwifery manager Julie Rakic with Meghan, Oscar and Ben Levett of Glen Forrest.

MIDLAND has contributed to a baby boom, with a record number of babies born this year at St John of God Health Care hospitals around Australia.

More than 10,000 babies were born at the 11 hospitals, including St John of God Midland Public Hospital, which was the highest number of births per annum over the group’s 120-year history.

The high birth rates are in spite of the national downturn, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) noted had dropped to 1.8 babies per woman in 2014 from 1.88 in 2013.

A Glen Forrest baby born on December 9 at the new 22-bed maternity unit at Midland was one of those recognised as part of the group’s milestone celebrations.

“Staff were thrilled to be able to present gift packages to all babies born at SJG Midland Public Hospital on the day in recognition of the important milestone,” said CEO Dr Glen Power.