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Study Says Halloween Influences Birth Timing

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Are women so spooked about giving birth on Halloween, that they postpone c-sections, or even avoid going into labor?

According to a recent study from Yale University’s School of Public Health, women are not only avoiding scheduled c-sections on Halloween, but amazingly, spontaneous births are also somehow less likely on this creepy holiday.

Can pregnant women really delay labor in order to avoid an unfavorable holiday? Becca R. Levy, lead author of the study, and associate professor of epidemiology and psychology at Yale, believes that perhaps they can.

This study raises the possibility that the assumption underlying the term “spontaneous birth,” namely, that they are outside the control of pregnant women, is erroneous. For it appears that pregnant women can expidite or delay spontaneous births, within a limited time frame, in response to cultural representations.

The study examines the effect of cultural representation on births, both cesarean and spontaneous. Researchers looked at an 11-year sample of US births, and found that Halloween had a significant influence, with a 5.3% decrease in spontaneous births, and a 16.9% decrease in c-sections.

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Contrastingly, the study also shows a 3.6% increase in spontaneous births, and a 12.1% increase in cesarean births on Valentine’s Day.

Sure, Halloween is associated with some pagan symbolism, but is it really causing enough anxiety in pregnant moms to avoid wanting to deliver on this day?

I am due on December 26th, and while there are plenty of positive connotations associated with Christmas, I would like to avoid having my baby on the 25th. I don’t want her to have to share her special day with such a popular holiday.

I wonder if any of these pregnant celebrities will end up giving birth on Halloween?

How would you feel about having a baby on Halloween, is it a day worth avoiding?

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