Nappy days in South Canterbury

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 21/06/2014
South Canterbury babies
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BOUNCING BUNDLES OF JOY: Three mothers take a moment’s breather as their babies sleep. From left, Kim Milne with Axle, 5 weeks, Chanaid Stokes with Shakarna, 7 weeks, and Margaret Kearns with Azariah.

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"Three babies are the new two."

That's the word from a South Canterbury midwife as the district experiences a spike in the number of births.

Dianne Cox said she had delivered a "good number" of babies in May and there had also been an increase in the number of midwives at her practice.

"Our midwifery practice has become busier. We have six midwives and out of those, two have joined in the last three months," Cox said.

A total of 66 babies were delivered at Timaru Hospital in May, compared to 44 in May 2013.

Clinical leader for Mid and South Canterbury Plunket, Raelene Todd, has also noticed an increase.

"There has certainly been a baby influx in the last two months. I mean, up until May 2 this year, we were nine babies over what we usually have around this time of the year."

Cox believed some couples had decided to have larger families.

"It is not just a two-child family anymore," she said.

"People are having their third, fourth and fifth babies."

The other reason, according to Cox, was an increase in the region's younger population.

"With the dairying, Fonterra and the new Glenavy factory, more younger people are coming into South Canterbury."

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- The Timaru Herald

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