Most births take place out of hours

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH -

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.”

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