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Queensland couples bring pregnancy plans forward amid pandemic baby boom

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That meant people were falling pregnant in June and July last year, resulting in a 30 per cent spike in bookings for Hatch’s midwifery and maternity services for March and April this year – expected to be its busiest months since opening five years ago.

“I think a lot of that boom is people making that conscious decision to start a family,” Ms Williams said.

“I think couples have had great access to each other with lockdown and working at home, so whether there’s some unplanned babies, I don’t know, but there’s never a bad time to have a baby.

“People have just thought, ‘What is important?’ And everyone keeps coming back to family.”

Queensland’s fertility clinics were shut down in the first lockdown in March, operating only to support…



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