Delivery time

Baby birth times in the U.S. now coincide with hospital staff hours

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A new analysis of birth certificate data from 2013 shows that the most common hours for babies to be born in the U.S. are between 8 am and 6 pm–which also happen to be prime working hours for hospital staff. That’s probably because about one-third of babies in the U.S. are born by Caesarean section; the births can be scheduled to coincide with medical workers’ hours. Births that take place outside the hospital, meanwhile, are most likely to occur in the early morning. That’s when hospital births are most infrequent–suggesting that medical interventions are playing a big role in determining the birth times of U.S. babies.

Read the full story at The Verge.

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