By one o’clock in the morning, two more little girls were born in the metropolis. At 00:50, Emily was born in the maternity ward of Thomayer University Hospital, and eight minutes later, a girl was born at the Institute for Mother and Child in Prague-Podolí. When asked by ČTK, the employees of the delivery rooms stated this. In three other Prague maternity hospitals, in Motol, in Královské Vinohrady and at the General University Hospital, where obstetricians are called U Apolináře due to its location in Apolinářská Street, they waited for their first births until the morning hours.
Since last year, the Prague City Council has not given a financial gift to the parents of children born on New Year’s Eve who have a permanent residence in the metropolis. The tradition of handing over a gift to the first Prague citizen probably originated in the 1960s under Mayor Ludvík Černý. Until the year 2000, we receive the amount of only the first baby, later all children born on New Year’s Eve. Until 2005 the gift was 10,000 crowns, in the following years 15,000 crowns. Last year, 27 children, 14 boys and 13 girls were born on the first day. Instead of a monetary gift, parents should receive a commemorative certificate and a commemorative coin.
In the first three quarters, 11,382 children were born in Prague last year, 145 more than in the previous year. Overall, however, the population is declining, with 1,332 million people living in the metropolis at the end of September. Compared to the previous year, when the population increased, about 1,000 more people lost in the first three quarters and about 4,000 more people moved out than in Prague.