Baby boom underway in Grimsby with record number of births in one day

A baby boom appears taking place with a record 17 births in one day in Grimsby at the town’s hospital.

On average seven babies are born at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital each day and four at Scunthorpe Maternity Hospital. With well over double the daily birth rate at Grimsby, staff were extra busy on the record-breaking day of June 10.

Jane Warner, Associate Chief Nurse for Midwifery, Gynaecology and Breast Services, said: “This was an exceptional day at the Grimsby Maternity Unit where the entire team supported 17 women to give birth. The average number of babies born each day on the unit is seven, so this is more than twice that number.

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“The obstetric doctors, midwives and midwifery support staff are a dedicated team that work extremely hard to support the safe delivery of all the women that pass through the unit. I want to say a big thank you to all those involved and all the maternity staff across the Trust for their hard work. ”

The birth rate dropped dramatically in the previous decade when there were 1,941 births recorded for North East Lincolnshire. That reduced to 1,573 in 2020, which is the latest figure from Public Health.

Antony George with baby Lily Yvonne George, born on Sunday
Antony George with baby Lily Yvonne George, born on Sunday

The Grimsby hospital looks after mothers from throughout northern Lincolnshire and families from the Louth and Mablethorpe areas, who are among the 2,120 babies born in 2021. Public health officials monitor the birth rates in order to project the services required and places in schools in North East Lincolnshire.

Among the latest births was Lily Yvonne George, born on Father’s Day weighing 8lbs 14oz to Jess Hemingway and Antony George. They received chocolates and cards from the hospital trust’s Health Tree Foundation.

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