More new babies in Belgium

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2007 was a bumper year for babies especially in Limburg

3 January 2008 - For the fifth year in a row there has been an increase in the number of babies born in Flanders.

The figures come from the Study Centre for Perinatal Epidemiology.

Last year 65,274 births were recorded in Flemish hospitals. The figure does not takes account of the number of multiple births of e.g. twins and babies born outside hospital.

The number of births was up 1,210 (1.9%) in comparison with the previous year.

The increase was most pronounced in Limburg, the least populous province, 4.2%.

East Flanders was the only province where the number of births actually fell (0.4%).

It's the fifth year in a row that the figures are up.

There has been a 12% increase in comparison with 2003.

The rise is partly due to thirtysomethings who waited longer to have their first baby.

At the same time more and more women are having their first baby at an earlier age.


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