A RISING number of women from Kerry are opting to give birth in Cork University Hospital (CUH) according to new figures obtained from the HSE.
In 2009, 276 Kerry babies were born in Cork. This figure dropped to 242 in 2010, but rose to 319 last year.
The HSE did not specify the reasons why these births took place in Cork. Meanwhile, births in Kerry General Hospital (KGH) fell from 2009.
Last year, 1,753 births were registered in the hospital, dropping from 1,958 in 2009. In 2010, 1732 babies were born in KGH.
A spokesperson from the HSE said that, in general, women from Kerry go to CUMH if they are suffering from complications with their pregnancy, rather than because poor of facilities in KGH.
"Most women go to CUMH for complex births as it is one of the major maternity units in the country. It would take a lot of training for these births to take place in Kerry General Hospital. A lot of people from Munster go there. It's not out of the ordinary. As for women who choose to go to CUMH, it's an individual choice that people make. We wouldn't have noticed that trend."