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Baby boom news exaggerated

There will not be a vast increase in births in Iceland this year, compared to 2006, as reported in May. A new computer system at the National Hospital made the error of counting women who came in for ultrasound twice as two different women.

According to Gudrún Eggertsdóttir, the director of the maternity ward, births have in fact decreased since last year. On Thursday 18 fewer children had been born at the National Hospital so far this year, compared with the same period in 2006, Fréttabladid reports.

But midwives at the National Hospital are still under a lot of pressure. “There are 36 midwives in the ward who can only take four-week vacations; we can’t give them a longer vacation,” Eggertsdóttir said.

They are entitled to five or six weeks of summer vacation, but will have to wait until fall to finish it.

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