They found that the highest percentage of births occurred during 8 o’clock in the morning — that’s the peak time for cesarean sections, which tend to be scheduled in advance. For deliveries that are moved along with labor-inducing drugs, mid-afternoon is most common.
Overall, daytime hours are the busiest and the wee hours of the morning are generally the quietest in delivery rooms.
To figure out what times babies were born in 2013, researchers looked at birth certificates in 41 states and the District of Columbia. However, time wasn’t indicated by most states until recently so it’s not known whether the timing of births has changed over the years.
In 2013, C-sections or drug-induced labor covers about half of all births. The most common delivery time was the noon hour, 5 percent of births happened. The least common with about 3 percent of those deliveries is the midnight hour. Those Why the births peak around noon isn’t clear, said the report’s lead author, T.J. Mathews of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Percentage of births outside the hospital is only about 1, this is usually at home and in contrary to the hospital, home delivery is between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.
The CDC report was announced Friday.
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