Pretty maids all in a row at the Gympie Hospital maternity unit (from left) babies Grace, Natasha-Fate and Lily.
Pretty maids all in a row at the Gympie Hospital maternity unit (from left) babies Grace, Natasha-Fate and Lily. Craig Warhurst

Mini baby boom hits Gympie

GYMPIE'S busy midwives were this week counting backwards from March to figure out just what was going on around here nine months ago, with a record 42 babies expected to be delivered in the Gympie Hospital maternity unit this month.

The unit's midwives and doctors usually deliver about 30 babies in a single month but have been happily helping significantly more little bundles of joy - 40% more - enter the world over the last two weeks.

And they are expecting even more in the weeks to come.

Eight babies greeted the dawn from the maternity unit on the top floor of the hospital on Monday morning, most of them little girls.

"We're not sure what was going on nine months ago," nurse unit manager Kathy Preston said this week.

"But it could have something to do with the time of year."

Nine months ago was June - the first month of winter.

The temperature in Gympie got down to just 1.5 degrees midway through the month and the mean temperature was 9.5 degrees. Perfect snuggling weather.

But perhaps there is a timely warning in that for all of us, with autumn bearing down: beware the winter snuggle or you too could be adding to the joys of the Gympie maternity unit.