500th Baby born at St John of God Ballarat Hospital

22 Dec 2021

500th Baby 2021 Ballarat

Last Thursday, St John of God Ballarat hospital had their 500th baby of 2021. It’s a milestone that hasn’t happened at the hospital for more than 5 years. 

Whilst there has been steady growth in birth numbers over the last few years, there has been a noticeable spike in 2021.

“Recently we have seen birth numbers increase by 3-4% [each year], but through 2021 we have had a 10% increase,” says Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Erica Ferguson.

The hospital’s biggest month was October, which broke a hospital record for the number of births in a month. This was closely followed by June.

Erica says whilst it’s been challenging, it's always exciting to have a ward full of babies. "Its been really lovely to be busy helping families grow this year."

Most Popular baby names 2021

See our most popular baby names throughout the year:

Our top 5 boys names are:

Our top 5 girls names are:

Henry Evelyn
Archer Harriet
George Daisy
Harry Isla
Lachlan Poppy