Health

Maternity Wards Over Capacity

Sweden's baby boom is now challenging the capacity in some of the nation's maternity wards. The Gothenburg Post reports that in July alone, wards in the city coped with a record 944 deliveries.

"Yes, it's overcrowded. Some patients have had to lie in the corridor. The last week has been tough. The organization and personnel are not equipped to handle this magnitude of patients," says Liselotte Bergqvist, a midwife at Mölndals, one of Gothenburg's hospitals.

Mölndals hospital is fit to handle 2,500 deliveries per year, but the current rate stands at nearly 4,000.

News agency TT reports that stress can give rise to complications during labor.