|Extra medical professionals have been recruited to regional hospitals in Lothian, Scotland after an unprecedented baby boom.
Two extra consultants and several more midwives were taken on at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and St John's Hospital in Livingston to cope with the rising demand.
Scotland as a whole experienced a rise in the number of births from 53,024 in 2006 to 55,363 last year.
The number of babies born in Lothian increased by three per cent, from 8,480 in 2006 to 8,721 in 2007, according to the figures published by ISD Scotland.
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