More than 4,000 babies have been delivered at Geneva University Hospital in 2010 – making it a record year in the maternity ward.
As of midday on Friday, 4,006 babies had been born in Switzerland’s biggest maternity ward, according to the hospital’s head midwife. She said that the grand total was likely to reach 4,010 by midnight.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in the number of births at the University Hospital. Some 2,400 were born there ten years ago.
The number soared to 3,975 in 2008 and 3,927 in 2009 before cracking the 4,000-mark in 2010.
The increase has been attributed to the rising cost of health insurance leading to women deciding against private or semi-private cover. Other reasons include the growing Geneva population and the trend towards larger families.
swissinfo.ch and agencies