Middle Tagus | His name is Martim, he’s from Tomar, and he’s baby of the year in Portugal

His name is Martim, he weighs 4,220 kg, and was born at 00:01. He is the first baby of the year 2022 to be born in Portugal, at the Abrantes maternity hospital of the Médio Tejo Hospital Center (CHMT), and is also the first child of a couple from Longra (Tomar).

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Martim Ferreira was born just after the beginning of the New Year’s chimes, having registered and celebrated the birth of a strong and healthy baby on January 1st, at 00:01, weighing 4,220 kg.

Andreia Sousa and Telmo Ferreira, both 32 years old, live in Longra, in the União das Freguesias de Madalena and Beselga, municipality of Tomar, and they did not hide their happiness at the birth of baby Martim, the couple’s first child.

Still without final numbers for 2021, partial indicators show a general overall increase in hospital activity but a decrease in the number of deliveries and births in the CHMT maternity hospital, all pointing to a reduction of around 14% compared to 2020, the year in which 822 births and 834 births occurred in the CHMT.

These 2020 numbers, above 800 babies, had not been reached since 2014, the year in which 801 births were registered. This year, on December 29, the CHMT maternity hospital registered 709 births, 14% less than in the 12 months of 2020 (822 births).

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In 2019, 798 babies were registered in the CHMT maternity hospital, in 2018 the number of births was 792 and in 2017 it was 711. Going back a little further, the numbers for 2016 indicated that 794 babies were born there, minus 7 than in 2015.

To Martim Ferreira and his family, the mediotejo.net team addresses the wishes of a very happy life!

His name is Martim, he weighs 4,220 kg, and was born at 00:01. It is the first baby of the year 2022 to be born in Portugal, in the Abrantes maternity hospital of the Médio Tejo Hospital Center. Photo: CHMT

“Pezinho Test” reveals the biggest drop in births in Portugal

Around 72,300 babies were born in Portugal by the end of November, the lowest number ever for the same period, reveal data from the National Program for Neonatal Screening (PNRN), which covers almost all births.

Data from the PNRN, known as the “little foot test”, indicate that 72,316 children were born in the first eleven months of this year, 6,058 less than in the same period of 2021 (78,374).

According to data released by the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), the largest number of babies screened was observed in the districts of Lisbon and Porto, with 21,485 and 13,435 tests carried out, respectively, followed by Setúbal (5,425) and Braga (5,322).

On the other hand, Bragança (466), Portalegre (533) and Guarda (576) were the districts with the fewest newborns analyzed.

The National Neonatal Screening Program, coordinated by INSA through its Neonatal Screening, Metabolism and Genetics Unit, of the Department of Human Genetics, has been carrying out tests for some serious diseases in all newborns since 1979.

The panel of screened diseases comprises 26 pathologies: congenital hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis and 24 inherited metabolic disorders.

The exam consists of collecting blood droplets from the feet of newborns to allow for the diagnosis of diseases, which are clinically difficult to identify in the first weeks of life, and which later on can cause mental deficiency, severe neurological disorders, liver disorders or even coma situations, reports the INSA.

The test must be carried out between the third and sixth day of the newborn’s life, because before the third day the values ​​of existing markers in the baby’s blood may have no diagnostic value, and after the sixth day some markers lose sensitivity, there is a risk of delaying the start of treatment.

All positive cases are later referred to the network of Treatment Centers, located in reference hospitals.


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