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Child-Bearing Record Almost Broken in 2007

Only one more baby was needed to match the child-bearing record of 1993, Iceland’s most fertile year to date. Last year, 3,128 babies were born at the National Hospital in Reykjavík, where most Icelandic children are delivered.

Additionally, 60 children were born at home in 2007, which is a 30 percent year-on-year increase, Morgunbladid reports.

In 2006, 4.2 percent of all children born in Iceland had been conceived with artificial insemination, which was a 2.3 percent increase from previous years. The reason is increased operations and demand.

In Denmark seven percent of all children are born after being artificially inseminated, which is a 50 percent increase over ten years. People worry about this development and blame the rising age and weight of mothers.

“Women who are overweight are more likely to be infertile, because they are more likely to have hormonal changes that disturb ovulation,” said Professor Reynir Tómas Geirsson, who is also a physician at the National Hospital’s Maternity and Gynecology Department.

“When the number of overweight women increases by 50 percent it affects fertility, of course,” Geirsson concluded.

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