When it comes to childbirth, there are plenty of unknowns. When will you go into labor? How will delivery go? What time will baby be born? Well, a new study may be able to help answer that last one.
According to researchers at City, University of London, only 28.5 percent of babies are born between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Instead, most babies prefer to make a fashionably late (or early, depending on how you look at it) appearance to the party.
A first-of-its-kind study published in the journal PLOS ONE determined that a whopping 71.5 percent of births occur on weekends, holidays or between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8:59 a.m. on weekdays.
To get their results, researchers analyzed more than 5 million singleton births that took place in England between 2005 and 2014. When it came to spontaneous births, which accounted for just over half of the births included in this study, the majority occurred early in the morning between 1 and 6:59 a.m., with “peak” birthing time happening around 4 a.m. Just a guess, but you probably won’t need to set an alarm for that.
For women whose labor was induced, about one fifth of the births we’re talking about here, the timing was slightly different. Most of those babies tended to make their appearance around…