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8th June 2021, 12:46

Gibraltar may see an increase in births this year says GHA, as pre-natal classes are yet to be reinstated following pandemic

Gibraltar may see an increase in births this year as the GHA says it received ‘quite a lot’ of booking slips following the winter lockdown.

Figures provided by the GHA show that in 2020 the number of births registered on the Rock fell to 384, from 421 in 2019.

The average number of local births per year for the last 10 years is 401.

The GHA’s pre-birth parent education sessions have been on hold since the first lockdown in March last year.

In answer to GBC questions, a spokesperson said the Health Authority is currently reviewing its community services and hopes to develop the previously named ‘parent craft’ session into a programme comprising of more than one class. It says it is hoping to reinstate these classes soon, alongside what it describes as ‘community service improvements’, such as post-natal home visits and breast-feeding clinics.

At present anyone allowed into the Maternity department must have either been vaccinated or have received a negative PCR test result. No visitors with COVID symptoms are allowed.

Visitation continues to be restricted to only the birth partner – although the GHA says this policy is being reviewed regularly.

Separate to the GHA, the Parent and Child Society is offering some groups for new parents locally - including ‘Bumps and Babies’. More information can be found on their Facebook page.