One in four Finns born in HUCH hospitals
The maternity hospitals belonging to the hospital area of Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) saw the arrival of just over 14,300 tiny pairs of feet in 2007.
Naistenklinikka (the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) recorded 5,025 births, the Kätilöopisto Maternity Hospital 5,751, and Jorvi Hospital in Espoo 3,309.
Since Statistics Finland’s preliminary predictions for the number of children born during 2007 suggest around 59,000 live births, this means that one in four Finns coming into the world do so in one of the capital area’s hospitals.
The three maternity facilities delivered 251 sets of twins last year, and five sets of triplets.
One in five of the children born were delivered by Caesarean section, and a total of just under 750 babies had a birth-weight of less than 2.5 kilos.
The perinatal mortality rate, indicating fetal and early neonatal mortality within seven days of birth, was 0.45%.
On the national level, the number of births is not expected to grow to any great extent in the years ahead, but within the HUCH hospitals the numbers are forecast to rise, since the number of women living in the catchment area is expected to increase by as much as 50,000 by 2020.
Finland's population at the end of December 2007 was 5,300,484, with women accounting for fractionally over 51%, or 2,703,697.
The population grew by some 23,500 during 2007, a year that was notable for being the first since the country became independent in which net migration from abroad was a more significant factor in the population increase than the natural growth, or the surplus of births over deaths.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Immigration maintains urban population growth in Finland (21.5.2007)