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Your Baby’s Birthday: Would You “Choose” Halloween?

October 28, 2011

Do pregnant women have the capacity to intentionally delay labor? The answer may be yes, according to a Yale School of Public Health study covered recently by Yale Daily News. They found a “5.3 percent decrease in spontaneous births on Halloween” and a 16.9 decrease in Cesarean sections. Led by Associate Professor Becca Levy, the study published in “Social Science and Medicine” seems to suggest that spontaneous births may not be quite as spontaneous as once thought, and in some cases may be influenced by cultural factors. Seemingly due to negative associations with Halloween, many women involved in the study evaded giving birth on that day. In comparison, there was an increase of births on Valentine’s Day, a date with more positive associations for women.

These conclusions are not that far off from existing views of some of the childbirth methods we teach in Boston Baby Beginnings classes—that what’s going on cognitively with a pregnant woman can affect the way she feels within her body during labor and can even cause it to stall. This phenomenon demonstrates the deep connection that exists between our emotions/mind and our bodies.

Do you think you—either intentionally or subconsciously—would “opt” not to go into labor and give birth on Halloween?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carrie permalink
    October 28, 2011 9:51 pm

    I would not!! I was due with my first daughter on October 30 and I was praying I didn’t have her on Halloween. I didn’t want her birthday overshadowed by Halloween for the rest of her life. Thankfully she came a week late so clearly she didn’t want to share her birthday either 🙂

  2. October 31, 2011 10:47 am

    That’s a pretty close due date to Halloween, Carrie! Good thing your daughter preferred to stay put! It’s definitely not ideal when kids have to share their birthdays with a major holiday. 🙂

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