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Townsville University Hospital marches towards baby boom


The pitter patter of little feet echoed throughout Townsville University Hospital during the month of March, with the hospital welcoming 256 babies into the world. 
Its second busiest month in five years.
The number was just shy of the previous record of 257, which was reached in July 2016.
Caseload midwifery unit manager Sari Holland says while unexpected, the midwives took the boom in their stride.
“Typically, we expect to welcome six or seven babies each day but during March we were lucky enough to help bring an average of eight babies into the world every day,” Ms Holland says.
Ms Holland says March also saw a swing towards boy babies, with 116 girls and 140 boys being born.
“We actually had 36 more male babies than female babies born in March, which is quite high but not unheard of,” she says. 
So far this year, up to the end of March, 690 babies have been born at the hospital.
In 2020, Townsville University Hospital welcomed 2421 babies into the world.