So far this year, 3,080 babies have been born at Landspítali National Hospital in Reykjavík. In 2008, 3,386 babies were born at Landspítali—up by 7.8 percent from 2007—and it is almost certain that the record will be broken before this year is over.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“We will probably have reached the same number as last year around mid-December,” Gudrún G. Eggertsdóttir, senior midwife at Landspítali’s delivery room, told Morgunbladid.
The increase of births in the entire country has been approximately two percent per year for the past ten years. The 7.8 percent increase in births at Landspítali between 2007 and 2008 was well above average and a similar jump is expected this year.
Overall, 100-140 more babies are expected to be born in Iceland this year than in 2008.
There has been considerable pressure on the employees of Landspítali’s delivery room for the past months as the working hours of midwives were reduced for money saving purposes while births are increasing.
However, midwives are doing their best not to make expectant parents suffer from their increased workload. Eggertsdóttir said the work is going all right.
“We are in a good balance but of course all items of saving must be taken into consideration, be reorganizing shifts, minimizing overtime, etc.,” she explained.
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