HMC records 4.5% increase in births in 2014
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) delivered more than 21,000 babies across its hospital network in 2014, representing a 4.5 percent increase in births compared to 2013.
In recent years, HMC has placed particular emphasis on expanding its care services, and in particular maternity services, outside Doha through its three general hospitals in Dukhan, Al Wakra and Al Khor.
Prior to the opening of Al Khor Hospital in 2006, Women’s Hospital was HMC’s sole provider of maternity services. Yet with the Cuban and Al Wakra hospitals opening in 2012, there are now far greater options available for parents to decide where to deliver their babies. Expectant mothers have benefitted from this greater choice, with many choosing to deliver their babies at one of HMC’s general hospitals.
Mr. Mohamad Al Jusaiman, Deputy Chief of HMC’s General Hospitals Group, emphasized the benefits offered by the general hospitals to patients: “The expanding services provided outside Doha mean expectant mothers now have a greater choice of where to deliver their babies, with specialist care services available closer to patients’ homes. Additionally, the growth and expansion of our maternity services in Dukhan, Al Wakra and Al Khor has enabled patients’ greater diversity of access to specialist maternity services, offered in a modern, beautiful environment.”
In 2014, the number of babies born at all three general hospitals increased on the previous year:
- Al Wakra Hospital, with 3,673 births, recorded a 77 percent increase on 2013
- 1,197 babies were born at Al Khor Hospital in 2014, a seven percent increase on the previous year
- Births at The Cuban Hospital increased by 88 percent over the same period, with 256 births throughout 2014
- In 2014, one-quarter of all babies born across the HMC network were delivered at hospitals other than Women’s Hospital, a figure that has continued to increase in recent years