Why the majority of babies are born at night, study say

Saturday, 15/07/2023, 13:35 (GMT+7)

Solve the question of thousands of people's curiosity "Why do mothers often give birth at night?"

Most people hope that the baby will be born at an auspicious time. Sadly, only 28.5 percent of babies were born at a time that was more favorable to the mother, between 9 am and 4:30 pm.

Families say they greet their babies in the hospital in the middle of the night, according to research.

This is also the reason why most of the obstetric departments of the hospital still work overtime until late at night. So why do babies tend to be born late at night?

1. This can be traced back to the era of caves and mammoths.

According to research, our ancestors might have been safer when they gave birth at night because it provided a safer environment. It allowed for the gathering of tribe members who could offer increased protection and assistance to the new mother. This timing may have alleviated concerns about potential predator threats during the birthing process.

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Due to this, there may be an evolutionary reason why our babies are born at night

2. The manner in which a woman gives birth

Research suggests that the majority of US babies are born between 1 A.M. and 7 A.M., with 8:00 A.M. being the most common minute for birth. Scientists have put forth an explanation for this phenomenon.

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Babies who are born naturally, without medical intervention, tend to follow a pattern of being born in the early morning hours. Additionally, babies born via C-section are more commonly delivered in the morning, while the occurrence of C-section births at night is relatively rare.

3. Hormones in moms are responsible for babies born at night

During labor, melatonin and oxytocin in the mother's body stimulate the uterus to contract. This signal indicates that the baby is about to be born, and melatonin is typically secreted more at night until the morning.

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Therefore, when the concentration of these two substances peaks, it also signifies the moment when the baby is born. This is why babies are more likely to be born at night than during the day.

Also, according to research, most babies in the United States are born on  Tuesday, while very few babies are born on Sunday.

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Even more surprisingly, births on Saturday and Sunday were more likely to occur in the evening and early morning than children born from Monday to Friday.