Increasing numbers of Irish women cross the border to give birth

Almost 200 babies were born to mothers with addresses in the republic of Ireland at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry in 2010.

Between January and December 23 of last year, 193 babies were born at Daisy Hill Hospital to mothers who resided in the Republic according to a spokesman.

There are already 61 women from the Republic booked for 2011 deliveries at the same private hospital.

In the first quarter of 2010 alone, there were 64 infants born to mothers from the republic of Ireland