Birth rate The summer baby boom can be seen at the Helsinki Women’s Clinic and clinics – “These are such figures that the machine is running full time”

Helsinki has received many new citizens when the number of births at the Women’s Clinic has increased this summer. HS met two small Helsinki residents who do not yet have names.

One or two a week ago from Helsinki Anna Nordberg was cottage with his family in the Porvoo archipelago when the contractions began. There was still a month to go.

It was evening and the family decided to call the emergency number. Two paramedics set out to pick up Nordberg on a Coast Guard ship to the nearest shore.

The delivery was to take place in Meilahti, Helsinki, at the Women’s Clinic, but the hospital was told that it was full. The paramedics instead took Nordberg to Hyvinkää Hospital.

“I was in good hands, and Hyvinkää had an excellent human birth.”

Nordberg was not bothered by the change of hospital from the flight, but the need for it still tells Helsinki the baby boom forecast for the summer and a slight increase in the birth rate in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (Hus).

Nordberg’s two-and-a-half-week-old child has no name yet.

This In January – May of the year, Uusimaa had births almost nine percent more than a year ago.

During the summer, a record number of this year has been created at the Women’s Clinic. There were 800 births in June and 806 in July. On a monthly basis, they are the highest figures this year.

“It has been lively: there have been enough births, and from time to time there has been just enough congestion. Our staff has been hard and a lot of work has been done, ”says Husin’s head of childbirth and emergency services. Katja Koskinen.

The figures were already high in the spring. For example, in March, there were a total of 792 births.

“These are such figures that the machine is running pretty full,” says Koskinen.

Most of the people at Helsinki give birth at the Women’s Clinic.

This year, the quietest month so far has been in early February, when the Women’s Clinic had 709 births.

By comparison, the quietest month in 2020 was December, with 637 births. The busiest month in 2020 was July, with 781 births.

In January – July 2019, the Women’s Clinic had a total of 4,875 births. In 2021, there were a total of 5,334 births during January – July.

The birth rate in Finland turned to a slight increase in 2020 for the first time since 2010. Last year, 46,452 children were born in Finland. That’s 839 more children than in 2019.

During the coronavirus pandemic, most babies are born to those aged 30–32 years. The increase in the number of births was greatest among those aged 29–31.

Anna Nordberg and Mari Pasula live in the heart of Helsinki.

At the women’s clinic the summer baby boom is concretely reflected in overcrowding. Sometimes obstetricians, such as Nordberg, have had to be referred to other hospitals if the Women’s Clinic has not accommodated.

In practice, overcrowding also means that room cleaning is really enhanced. As soon as the midwife leaves the room, there is a nurse outside the door waiting for her to clean, Koskinen says.

“On busy days, the room is cleaned in ten minutes and the next child is already being taken in.”

According to Koskinen, more maternity rooms are planned, but it will take another couple of years to introduce them.

“On busy days, the room is cleaned in ten minutes and the next child is already being taken in.”

On the staff side troubles during the summer holidays. The need for deputies is high, but according to Koskinen, the staff has been less available, for example, compared to last year.

According to Koskinen, along the corona year, people have applied for work to some extent, for example for coronavirus sampling or vaccination points.

In order to stabilize the personnel situation, it is planned to launch its own substitute pool in the autumn and to make annual leave substitutes permanent.

“Now the rise in births has been so sudden and strong that it has not been time to react, while at the same time the coronavirus has caused an additional need for staff elsewhere.”

According to Koskinen, competition for nursing staff is now visible in all healthcare.

Earlier in the spring, HS reported on the intense rush of Hus midwives. Midwives pointed out that maternity hospitals are already in such a hurry that patient safety is at stake.

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Mari Pasula’s child, who is about two months old, will officially get the name this Sunday.

Coronavirus infections the number has increased during the summer and, according to Koskinen, can also be seen in the maternity hospital. The virus has been found in both mothers and pregnant women.

“There have been both suspicions and reported cases. Isolated for the time being, but there was a long interval between them, we didn’t have them at all. ”

According to Koskinen, the most important thing is to tell the staff about coronavirus symptoms immediately.

“If you are going to give birth, you should report the symptoms as soon as you call, so the staff will be able to treat you properly and take samples if necessary.”

Mari Pasula and Anna Nordberg feel that having a child at the same time strengthened the Friends’ Friendship.

Nordberg and his hand Mari Pasula are both mothers of hitherto anonymous Helsinki children.

“It feels like there are babies everywhere now,” Pasula says.

Pasula gave birth at the Women’s Clinic in late May. She thought the rush of the hospital was visible, but the midwives did their job extremely professionally and despite the risk of giving birth, everything went well in the end.

“The most important thing was to be able to demand the necessary control visits for myself, for example. It is a pity for those who do not know or are not in a state to be able to stay strong.”

“Every time a different person has met and time has come from a different counseling center, from different parts of Helsinki.”

In the opinion of both, congestion is now reflected, among other things, in the operation of counseling centers. In the spring, HS said that due to the coronavirus outbreak, not all Helsinki birth attendants had undergone an internal follow-up examination.

Read more: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Helsinki birth attendants will no longer undergo an internal follow-up examination

“The staff at the clinic has always been very knowledgeable, but each time there has been a different person and time has come from a different clinic, from different parts of Helsinki,” says Nordberg.

Despite the requests, the Nordberg family has also not received a Swedish-speaking caregiver.

Mari Pasula gave birth at the end of May at the Women’s Clinic.

Helsinki head of the clinic and home service for families with children Monica Lindberg treats the baby boom with caution.

“Full-year figures are needed to estimate the increase in the birth rate.”

According to Lindberg, however, a small baby boom can be seen in certain areas of Helsinki. For example, in Lauttasaari, Munkkiniemi and Laajasalo, according to the counseling center, there have been more pregnant women in summer than in spring.

“Kruununvuorenranta is a new residential area, and a lot of young couples move there. It is also reflected in the Laajasalo counseling center. ”

According to the counseling center’s central telephone service, more postpartum home visits are currently booked than in the spring.

“But autumn is still ahead. Then it will be seen whether the situation will level off or continue. ”

According to Lindberg, the large number of mothers in the summer has not affected the operation of the clinic.

“It’s lively, but it hasn’t contributed to the absence of times. Things will be taken care of. ”

Each year, the councils review population growth and make forecasts to resource the workload.

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