Women can control when they give birth, and avoid Halloween

12:0AM, Oct 21st 2011

Pregnant women may be able to control to a degree when they give birth a new study has shown, and the most unfavourable day of the year is Halloween.

Image: Thinkstock

Pregnant women may be able to control to a degree when they give birth a new study has shown, and the most unfavourable day of the year is Halloween.

Research by the Yale School of Public Health has found that symbolism and superstition can affect childbirth rates as the study drew on birth certificate information across an 11-year period and found that there was a 5.3 percent decrease in spontaneous births and a huge 16.9 percent decrease of elected caesarean births on Halloween.

Previously it was thought that a woman was unable to influence the birth date of their child, but this study shows that the symbolism of Halloween being connected to death and horror can in some way encourage women to cross their legs on that day.

Related gallery: How to host the ultimate Halloween party

In contrast, the idea that Valentine's Day symbolises peace, love and togetherness was shown as the most favourable day to give birth. The study showed a 3.6 percent increase in spontaneous births and 12.1 percent increase in caesarean births.

"The study suggests that beliefs arising from our culture can have a greater impact on physical functioning than we might suspect," says Becca Levy, lead author and associate professor of epidemiology and psychology at Yale.

The report published in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine considered that women's hormones, may be causing them to 'choose' the onset of the birth.

The findings may have even been even more significant if it weren't for the many people that find Halloween to be a lucky and happy occasion.

In other news, findings by the Huntingdon Reproductive Medicine Centre in Brazil have shown that like women, men also have a biological clock.

The study by the Huntingdon Reproductive Medicine Centre in Brazil, was presented to the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Florida this week, in which the study of 570 IVF treatments, of eggs donated by young healthy women as they measured the success rate of men of various ages conceiving and taking the baby to full term.

It was found that the chance of a man conceiving dropped by 7 percent each year between the ages of 41 and 45, and the percentage increases for again men older than 45.

Lead researcher Dr Paula Fettback, of the Huntingdon Reproductive Medicine Centre in Brazil said, "As a growing number of men are choosing to father children at older ages, comprehending the impact of male age and sperm quality has become incredibly important in public health."

Do you have a child born on Halloween? Tell us your story below.

Related video: How to paint a Halloween pumpkin design on a pregnant tummy.

comments powered by Disqus

Related articles

 
 
instagram
  • GIVEAWAY TIME!!! Neutrogena has you covered this spring/summer with beautiful, effective sunscreens for the whole family. For your chance to win an AWESOME Neutrogena pack that contains 2 x Wet Skin Sunscreen Sprays, 1 x Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen, 1 x Beach Defence Sunscreen Lotion, 1 x Ultrasheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray and 1 x Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen lotion follow @motherbaby_au and repost this image and #neutrogenaau The lucky winner of this pack, valued at over $100, will be notified on Friday morning! Good luck!! #motherandbabyaucompetition #slipslopslap #sunsafety

    mother and baby GIVEAWAY TIME!!! Neutrogena has you covered this spring/summer with beautiful, effective sunscreens for the whole family. For your chance to win an AWESOME Neutrogena pack that contains 2 x Wet Skin Sunscreen Sprays, 1 x Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen, 1 x Beach Defence Sunscreen Lotion, 1 x Ultrasheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray and 1 x Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen lotion follow @motherbaby_au and repost this image and #neutrogenaau The lucky winner of this pack, valued at over $100, will be notified on Friday morning! Good luck!! #motherandbabyaucompetition #slipslopslap #sunsafety

    More from the team
  • We love the #Urbo2 pram... And so do Kim Kardashian and Kanye West by the looks of it! Good choice guys, good choice! #mamasandpapas #pram #coolestcouple #kimkardashian @kimkardashian #kanyewest #adelaide

    mother and baby We love the #Urbo2 pram... And so do Kim Kardashian and Kanye West by the looks of it! Good choice guys, good choice! #mamasandpapas #pram #coolestcouple #kimkardashian @kimkardashian #kanyewest #adelaide

    More from the team
  • This new cot linen from @kipandco is rocking our world!! They have collaborated with @munsterkids for one ahhh-maaaa-zinnggg collection. If you want something bold and bright that is going to make a statement, then check this out TODAY!! Got a feeling this will sell out fast! #musthave #kipandco #munsterkids #alsodokidsbedlinen #socool

    mother and baby This new cot linen from @kipandco is rocking our world!! They have collaborated with @munsterkids for one ahhh-maaaa-zinnggg collection. If you want something bold and bright that is going to make a statement, then check this out TODAY!! Got a feeling this will sell out fast! #musthave #kipandco #munsterkids #alsodokidsbedlinen #socool

    More from the team
  • Start Young and Stay With It!!! At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects. Guide your little one by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language!! And you will have a laugh at some of the things they come out with!!! What's your favourite book to read with the kids?

    mother and baby Start Young and Stay With It!!! At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects. Guide your little one by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language!! And you will have a laugh at some of the things they come out with!!! What's your favourite book to read with the kids?

    More from the team
  • Ooouuuuuu-uuuu. Is it true?? Are Ricky Martin and Ian Thorpe dating?? We really hope so. What a great couple they would make. #coulditbelove #couldnotbemorehandsome

    mother and baby Ooouuuuuu-uuuu. Is it true?? Are Ricky Martin and Ian Thorpe dating?? We really hope so. What a great couple they would make. #coulditbelove #couldnotbemorehandsome

    More from the team
  • Holidaying with kids ain't always a 'holiday' now is it??!!! Don't get me wrong, it's brilliant spending quality time as a family but these two words are going to ring music to my ears today... KIDS CLUB!! Best part is it's free for kids over 3 and they have fantastic activities planned for them all day. Alleviates that mummy guilt as the kids have a blast! Where are you planning your next family holiday. #familyholiday #fijibeachresort&spamanagedbyhilton #kidsclub #holidaybliss

    mother and baby Holidaying with kids ain't always a 'holiday' now is it??!!! Don't get me wrong, it's brilliant spending quality time as a family but these two words are going to ring music to my ears today... KIDS CLUB!! Best part is it's free for kids over 3 and they have fantastic activities planned for them all day. Alleviates that mummy guilt as the kids have a blast! Where are you planning your next family holiday. #familyholiday #fijibeachresort&spamanagedbyhilton #kidsclub #holidaybliss

    More from the team
  • It's happened to us all, right??!! The moment when you are next to the yoghurt and cheese in the supermarket and they ain't wanna be there!!!! Check out www.motherandbaby.com.au for a great article on how to avoid supermarket meltdowns. #allbeenthere #toddlertanturm #meltdown #givemestrength

    mother and baby It's happened to us all, right??!! The moment when you are next to the yoghurt and cheese in the supermarket and they ain't wanna be there!!!! Check out www.motherandbaby.com.au for a great article on how to avoid supermarket meltdowns. #allbeenthere #toddlertanturm #meltdown #givemestrength

    More from the team
  • While rewarding, being a parent can be VERY hard. Take the time today to ask those around you if they are ok. It's a simple question... But one we need to ask more often. #ruok #toughgig #areyouok

    mother and baby While rewarding, being a parent can be VERY hard. Take the time today to ask those around you if they are ok. It's a simple question... But one we need to ask more often. #ruok #toughgig #areyouok

    More from the team
  • Love the feature on @zotheysay and her gorgeous son, Sonny on @thegracetales this week. Zoe shares some great insights in to the first few weeks/months of parenting. Check out @thegracetales to link into the article. #regram #motherhood #babybeautytips

    mother and baby Love the feature on @zotheysay and her gorgeous son, Sonny on @thegracetales this week. Zoe shares some great insights in to the first few weeks/months of parenting. Check out @thegracetales to link into the article. #regram #motherhood #babybeautytips

    More from the team
  • Attention at the runner mums/mums-to-be!!! @bugaboohq are launching a running pram!! Unveiled at the ABC Baby Expo in Las Vegas, this is set to be a hit when it launches in Australia in Autumn 2015. The good news is that's it's compatible with your existing #bugaboo #runningwithbaby #jogging #run #wonderifkatewillchoosethis?!

    mother and baby Attention at the runner mums/mums-to-be!!! @bugaboohq are launching a running pram!! Unveiled at the ABC Baby Expo in Las Vegas, this is set to be a hit when it launches in Australia in Autumn 2015. The good news is that's it's compatible with your existing #bugaboo #runningwithbaby #jogging #run #wonderifkatewillchoosethis?!

    More from the team