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England witnessing biggest baby boom in 40 years
Published on 15/11/2012

Sales of baby hampers are likely to be up in 2012, as England is witnessing its biggest baby boom in 40 years.

Up to 20,000 more children are expected to be born this year than in 2011, with the first three months of 2012 seeing an additional 4,600 newborns alone.

The trend is predicted to result in more than 700,000 births in England this year, which will be the first time that level has been reached since 1971.

Chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives Professor Cathy Warwick commented: "We are already at birth numbers that haven't been seen for at least a couple of generations, probably not in the working life of any midwife practising today."

She added that the baby boom is reemerging with "renewed vigour".

Professor Warwick warned that the strain this is placing on the NHS is "enormous" and will put midwives under increasing pressure.

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