Hospital?s baby boom
IT was a merry Christmas and happy New Year for some Valley residents if the number of births at Grafton Base Hospital's Maternity and Women's Care Unit are anything to go by.
Nursing unit manager Angie Garland said 50 babies were born in August, 20 more than the same period last year.
"We have had a baby influx," Mrs Garland said. "Eight babies were born within 13 hours on Friday and there were four births on Monday.
"Midwives were doing double shifts and people were being called back to work ... they worked very hard."
Mrs Garland said the unit 'normally had about one birth a day'.
"Last year we had 380 a babies, this year I'm expecting at least 420," she said.
New mother Allison Bennett, of Yamba, said the baby boom was the result of 'too much Christmas cheer for everyone'. Ms Bennett was the eighth mother to give birth on Friday at 4.23pm.
"It is very noisy, it's hectic," she said.