2017 has closed with growing numbers for the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. Over the past year, some 4000 children were born in the maternity hospital that the Order of Malta has run since 1990. Births recorded during the past decades have steadily grown – in 1990 there were 900 babies born whereas ten years later they had risen to 3,000. The total number of births now stands at around 75,600.