12 children – 5 boys and 7 girls – were delivered in the maternity hospital of East Tallinn Central Hospital on Estonian Independence Day.
One of the children born on Independence Day was the firstborn baby boy of Raivi (32) and Triin (28) who will be named Lennart. “We agreed on the name before birth,” said the new father Raivi, “we settled on Lennart for a boy and had some differences when it came to girls’ names, but luckily it turned out to be a boy. And Lennart was born on Estonian Independence Day, 24 February, at 09:09 – very fitting for a president.”
According to Triinu, Lennart’s mother, the official due date was one day later, i.e. 25 February. “When we were asked about the due date, we always jokingly said that it would be Independence Day. We may have jinxed the date with that joke,” Triin admitted. “Now we can prepare sprat cake for him every year and at least he will have a day off on his birthdays!”
Last year, 13,127 children were born in Estonia. Almost one-third of those children were born in the maternity hospital of East Tallinn Central Hospital where we helped deliver a total of 3941 newborn babies. The number of births declined in 2020 compared with the year before.
According to Vivian Arusaar, Head Midwife of East Tallinn Central Hospital, the number of children born in Estonia and the maternity hospital of East Tallinn Central Hospital was less than the year before.
“In 2019, before the coronavirus, we delivered 4218 children or 277 more children than in 2020. The number of births declined last year because families are postponing having children,” Arusaar said.
Financial security is an important factor when it comes to family planning and last year’s corona crisis certainly hurt many people in this regard. “Firstborn children are always born regardless of economic instability. Having children and starting a family is a natural part of couples’ lives. People find a way to have children even when times are hard. In difficult times, it is more likely for families to put off having a third or fourth child and so on. We saw this happen when the economy was booming and a lot of third and fourth children were born,” Arusaar said.
Looking at the year ahead, Arusaar comments that pregnancy registration has remained stable and there is no indication of a boost in the number of births compared with 2020. “In January, we delivered 296 children, which is much less than the 329 children born in the first month of last year,” noted Arusaar.