Birth rate in capital area remains at last year’s level
This year’s number of babies born in the capital area will remain close to last year’s figure.
Last year just fewer than 15,000 newly-minted human beings came into this world in the capital area’s maternity hospitals, and more or less the same figure will be reached this year as well.
The present time is the quietest time of the year in the Greater Helsinki Area’s maternity hospitals, says obstetrics senior physician Veli-Matti Ulander from the Kätilöopisto Maternity Hospital.
Last year around 5,900 babies were delivered at the Kätilöopisto Maternity Hospital.
The corresponding figures for Helsinki’s Naistenklinikka Hospital and Espoo’s Jorvi Hospital were about 5,600 and 3,400 respectively.
“At the moment we are 49 children short of last year’s figure, in other words we are quite close. So the rate is more or less the same”, Ulander explained based on the statistics by the beginning of November.
In past times, a clear divide was seen in the birth statistics based on the month of the year.
The busy time began in March and continued until the early summer.
“That seasonal variation has lessened. Nowadays the summer is the busiest time.”
For example in Kätilöopisto, the month of July was the busiest month last year, and so far it has been this year as well. Last year 536 July babies came to this world at Ulander’s workplace.
This year’s figure for that month was 525.
Previously in HS International Edition:
2010: record year for births in Helsinki region (3.1.2011)
Another baby boom being experienced in Greater Helsinki area (6.3.2009)