Valentine’s Babies


Valentine's Babies. Healthy Living Magazine

Valentine's Babies. Healthy Living Magazine

Women have far more control over the birth of their children than we might have suspected as shown by rates on Valentine’s Day and Halloween, according to Yale University scientists.

They write “It is known that cultural representations, in the form of stereotypes, can influence functional health.”

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In this study of birth certificate information over 34 million birth on Valentine’s Day and Halloween, they predicted that the influence of cultural representations extend to birth timing.

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On Valentine's Day, which conveys positive symbolism, there was a 3.6% increase in spontaneous births and a 12.1% increase in cesarean births. Whereas, on Halloween, “which conveys negative symbolism,” there was a 5.3% decrease in spontaneous births and a 16.9% decrease in cesarean births.

“Our findings raise the possibility that pregnant women may be able to control the timing of spontaneous births in contrast to the traditional assumption,” they write.

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REFERENCE Levy BR, Chung PH, Slade MD. Influence of Valentine's Day and Halloween on birth timing. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Oct;73(8):1246-8. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.07.008. Epub 2011 Jul 28.
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