THE Colonial War Memorial Hospital's Maternity Unit has noted an increase in the number of babies being delivered.
Senior matron at the Maternity Unit Sister Aliote Galuvakadua said last year they delivered 8216 babies.
Of the total deliveries, a slight increase was noted in the number of teenagers and women above the age of 35 giving birth.
Sister Galuvakadua said the increase was the result of more women in the Suva-Nausori corridor coming to the CWMH for deliveries.
"If you look at the trend of the women population in the Suva-Nausori corridor, the increase in people coming over to the CWMH could have been a reason for the increase," she said.
Sister Galuvakadua said the increase was not because of more women being sexually active but because more people were moving to the greater Suva area.
She said last month alone recorded 659 births.
"The busy period is when we have 800 to 900 births per month but when it's not so busy, we have 500 to 600 (deliveries) at CWMH," Sr Galuvakadua said.
She said the highest number of babies delivered was in 2010 when the hospital reached 9000 births.
This, according to her decreased in 2011 recording 7000 deliveries, which increased again this year to 8216. Sister Galuvakadua said they were encouraging women to go to their nearest health facilities for deliveries to ease the load on the CWMH maternity unit.