Birth Rate Nosedives on Halloween: Study
Could birth rate have some connection with cultural factors? Perhaps thatâ€™s what caught the attention of researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, as they claimed that there is significant difference between birth rate on Halloween and Valentineâ€™s Day.
It was found that against the rate of growth of caesarian births at 12.1% Valentineâ€™s Day, a decrease of 16.9% was noted on Halloween, which made it clear that a majority of women prefer to give birth on Valentineâ€™s Day instead of on Halloween. As far as normal delivery is concerned, it was found that it rose by 3.6% on Valentineâ€™s Day, while dropped by 5.3% on Halloween.
Published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, the research is told have examined over three million U. S. birth records.
So far, psychological angle affecting time of birth has been probed; this is for the first time that cultural symbolism has been taken into account. There is fair possibility as per Becca Levy, associate professor of epidemiology and psychology, and the lead author of the study, that women can influence the time when they want to give birth.
Furthermore, she has openly admitted that cultural factors do play significant role in extending the date of birth to any fraction.
Apparently, itâ€™s being believed that as mothers are getting affected by the symbolic representation of days, there are fair chances for hospital authorities to prepare themselves for rise in such cases around Valentineâ€™s Day.
Itâ€™s being believed that as people relate to themes of death and fear while recalling Halloween and recall pleasant themes in case of Valentineâ€™s, this is quite clear that women do shift child birth dates to a significant level. However, there always lies a margin of their due dates by a week or two to get forward or backward.