Leighton Hospital Welcomes 220 Babies in April 2024

Leighton Hospital welcomed 220 newborns in April 2024, with 51% boys and 49% girls, and four sets of twins. The hospital reported 85% of babies had skin-to-skin contact with mothers and 71.2% were breastfed within 48 hours.

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Nitish Verma
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Leighton Hospital Welcomes 220 Babies in April 2024

Leighton Hospital Welcomes 220 Babies in April 2024

Leighton Hospital celebrated the arrival of 220 newborns in April 2024, with a nearly even split of 51% boys and 49% girls. The joyous month also saw the birth of four sets of twins.

The hospital prioritized immediate bonding, with 85% of the babies experiencing skin-to-skin contact with their mothers right after birth. Additionally, 71.2% of the newborns were breastfed within the first 48 hours of life, promoting healthy development and strengthening the mother-child connection.

The delivery statistics reveal the unpredictable nature of childbirth, with only seven babies arriving precisely on their due date. A majority of 149 newborns made their entrance before the anticipated date, while 64 took their time, being born after the expected delivery day. Medical interventions were necessary for some, with 36% of women undergoing induction to facilitate labor.

While most babies (83.2%) were delivered in the hospital's labour ward or theatre, 2.7% of the births took place in the comfort of the mothers' homes. Water births accounted for 8.6% of the deliveries, offering a gentler and more relaxing experience for both mother and child. The midwife-led unit at Leighton Hospital played a crucial role, handling 13.6% of the births.

The majority of the births (56.4%) were unassisted vaginal deliveries, highlighting the natural resilience of women's bodies. However, medical assistance was required in some cases, with 19.5% of the babies delivered through elective caesarean sections and 16.4% through emergency caesarean sections. Forceps and ventouse deliveries accounted for 4.5% and 3.2% of the births, respectively.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust diligently collects baby-related data each month, recognizing the importance of tracking and analyzing birthing trends. The Trust also reaches out to parents, inviting them to share pictures of their newborns for a special online article and a commemorative supplement at the beginning of the following year, creating a heartwarming celebration of new life.

Key Takeaways

  • 220 babies born at Leighton Hospital in April 2024, with 51% boys and 49% girls.
  • 85% of babies had skin-to-skin contact with mothers, and 71.2% were breastfed within 48 hours.
  • Only 7 babies born on due date, with 149 born early and 64 born late.
  • 56.4% of births were unassisted vaginal deliveries, with 19.5% elective C-sections and 16.4% emergency C-sections.
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust collects baby data and invites parents to share newborn photos.