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Baby Boom in Akureyri, Fewer Births in Reykjavík

The number of births at the regional hospital in Akureyri (FSA) in North Iceland has gone up by 35 percent so far this year and a new record might be set.

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Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Meanwhile, the number of births at the national hospital Landspítali in Reykjavík has dropped by 114 in the first five months of 2012, from 1,379 to 1,265, Morgunblaðið reports.

“At this point we have ten more births than at the same time of the record-breaking year 2010,” said Ingibjörg Hanna Jónsdóttir, director of nursing and chief midwife at FSA. “That year births totaled 515.”

“However, we expect a rather quiet autumn so I doubt we’ll reach the 515 birth barrier,” Ingibjörg added. She estimates that approximately 500 babies will be born in Akureyri this year.

The annual number of births at Landspítali numbered 3,129 in 2007, 3,376 in 2008 and 3,500 in 2009, which was a record-breaking year nationwide.

Since then the number of births has decreased again with 3,420 babies being born at Landspítali in 2010 and 3,240 in 2011.

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