TAMWORTH is in the midst of a drought of a different kind with the number of babies being born in the city plummeting.
The city has rocketed down the list of suburbs for babies born, sitting at 91 in the state for 2019, according to the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. Armidale is home to more new mothers, than Tamworth's bustling population.
The department released the official figures on Thursday showing 183 mothers called Tamworth home when they had their baby last year. The list is based on the mother's home address at the time of birth.
The data released shows Armidale nabbed town number 44 on last year's list with 244 new kids born to Armidale mums.
While Tamworth hospital is the hub for the region and sees mums deliver their bubs from across the New England North West, it's a lonely cry from when the city used to be in the top 15 suburbs just five years ago.
It's been a steep decline for Tamworth, after peaking at number 12 on the list in 2014 with more than 450 births.
Baby Hamish was one of those babies that snuck into the 2019 count for Tamworth.
His mother Helen Cameron said for her family the state of the world was on their minds when considering how many children to have.
"Climate change was a factor in considering whether or not we could have children, but we also felt we needed to have people who were committed to changing the world and being part of the solution," she said.
"We were conscious about the recommendations from the UN to have one less child than you would normally have."
Tamworth's apparent baby drought, or lack of boom, is blamed on several factors including the economic and social climate, among other things.
In Ms Cameron's friend circle, she said there doesn't seem to be the feeling that global issues are influencing the decisions of would-be parents.