Baby boom time for Oban

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Oban is experiencing a baby boom with the town’s maternity unit receiving 23 new pregnancy referrals in March and 22 in April.

March welcomed 11 newborn babies, six boys and five girls, the heaviest was 10lbs 7ozs and the lightest weighed in at 6lbs 110zs.

‘Wow! There really is a baby boom’ says Oban Bumps, Babies and Beyond Facebook page.

The maternity unit at Lorn and Islands Hospital has also just received a generous donation of baby hats, blankets and mask band delivered by the Dove Knitters at Oban Hospice.

Peter Darling from the Dove Centre in Stevenson Street said the baby knits are just one of the knitting group’s projects on the go.

Donations of more wool are always welcome at the centre, he said, to keep knitters’ needles clicking.

Mr Darling added: ‘It’s a win, win, win situation. People feel good about donating the wool, the knitters feel good about being creative and doing something positive, and then the finished items are appreciated by those who receive them. It’s all about people supporting their community.’

At Christmas the Dove Knitters donated a pile of hats, gloves and scarves to the Salvation Army.