Baby Numbers Increase at Portland District Health

Thursday, 24 April 2014
The number of babies being born in Portland continues to grow.

Portland District Health is on track this financial year to better the number of births it recorded in the previous year.

From January to March this year 15 babies have been born in Portland compared to four in the same period in 2013.

The trend from the start of the financial year is also looking up, with 26 births compared to 20 for the same time in the previous year.

Midwifery Team Leader Colleen Hanmer expects the 32 births recorded in total during 2012-13 to be bettered this financial year.

The trend is improving and bookings over the next few months are very positive, Ms Hanmer said.

PDH is providing a safe level one maternity service along with full antenatal services.

Some women needing specialist care are transferred to Warrnambool Base Hospital for delivery and first-time mothers are booked into Warrnambool or Hamilton.

Ms Hanmer said PDH was continuing to try to recruit more obstetric specialists to expand the local service.

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