Time of Birth and RisksI was always worried about when I was going to have my daughter...was I going to go into labor in the middle of the night? We've all seen the sensational stories about how women deliver their babies in taxi cabs or on the way to the hospital. But in reality those stories are quite rare.
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This article, however, talks about the association between having a baby at night and a higher rate of infant death. Apparently nobody has been able to say why, but it's been studied a number of times with the same results. Read more:
There is strong evidence that babies born at night have a greater risk of dying in their first month of life than babies born earlier in the day, according to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
"We're not surprised at this finding because it is supported by previous studies in the medical literature that were carried out in Europe," said Diane M. Ashton, M.D., M.P.H., associate medical director of the March of Dimes. "More research needs to be done to identify the causal factors that underlie this greater risk. This would be an important next step in developing effective strategies to prevent these excess neonatal deaths from occurring. If even one or two of the key elements could be identified, that could make a big difference in saving babies' lives."