No shortage of babies at hospital

THERE has been an unusual spike in the number of babies born in Grafton Base Hospital during the past couple of weeks, keeping midwives on their toes.

As activity in the maternity ward settles down, GBH midwifery unit manager Angie Garland said the hospital averaged about 35 babies a month.

"Births usually come in waves. One night last week we had three babies in one hour. This year we have had 200 babies, including four sets of twins," Ms Garland said.

Grafton mum Kristy Paxton, now 39 weeks pregnant, is looking forward to the birth of her second baby with fiance Matthew Pigg.

"I heard it was absolutely crazy up there," Ms Paxton said after an antenatal appointment earlier in the week.

According to figures provided by the Grafton Base Hospital Maternity Unit, 3044 babies have been born there since January 1, 2006.

2007 was the busiest year with 512 babies born;

2011 there were 469;

2012 there have been 200 new arrivals, including four sets of twins.

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