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THE closure of Solihull’s maternity unit has helped create a two month delay in registering births, a councillor has claimed.

Councillor Neil Eustace, responsible for the Birmingham Register Office, said that 5,000 births a year had been moved into the city’s district following the closures of maternity units at Solihull and Sandwell.

Councillor Neil Eustace, responsible for the Birmingham Register Office, said that 5,000 births a year had been moved into the city’s district following the closures of maternity units at Solihull and Sandwell.

Accompanied by an ‘unprecedented’ birth rate, it means around 23,000 babies are being born in Birmingham every year, up from about 15,000 a few years ago.

A Solihull Hospital spokeswoman said she could not comment on birth registration as it took place outside of hospitals but Solihull was looking to increase its number of deliveries.

“Low risk pregnant women can still give birth at Solihull Hospital in our new purpose-built facility. We are aiming to grow this to up to 400 deliveries every year.

“We are also looking this year to extend the facilities at Heartlands Hospital and provide more choice for local people.”

 

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