Most births take place out of hours
SEVEN out of 10 births happen outside the working day, a study has found – with many taking place at night.
An analysis of more than five million births in England found that 71 per cent take place outside the hours of 9am and 5pm.
The study, led by City, University of London, found the time and day that women give birth varies significantly depending on how labour starts and the mode of giving birth.
Just over half of mothers now give birth after labours which start spontaneously, with researchers finding these were most likely to happen between 1am and 7am.
Meanwhile, births after induced labours were more likely to occur around midnight.
Lead author of the study Dr Peter Martin said: “This may be part of our evolutionary heritage. Our ancestors lived in groups that were active during the day and came together to rest at night.
“So a night-time birth probably afforded the mother and newborn baby some protection.”