Women Defy Biology to Not Give Birth on Halloween

Is it bad to be born on Halloween? After all, the holiday - which has been traced to have Pagan roots - is all about death and horror.

So what's a pregnant woman who's due to give birth on October 31st to do? She defies biology, that's what! Here's what Yale researchers found by analyzing the birth statistics in the past 11 years:

All types of births — natural, C-section, induced — decreased significantly on All Hallows’ Eve. Overall, a whopping 11.3% decrease in births was seen on this day across the years. That’s a pretty clear indicator that women don’t want their babies associated with hauntings and horror.

Okay, so the numbers are definitive. But how could women exert control over when they give birth?! The short answer is that no one has any idea. The closest that these authors come to suggesting a psychophysiological mechanism is to say that wanting to give birth on Valentine’s Day and resisting giving birth on Halloween could, for a short time, alter the hormonal mechanisms responsible for determining birth timing.

Link - via This isn't happiness


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Whoops missed a bit, that should have read:

"here in the UK to give incorrect information to the registrar when notifying a birth or death is an offcence"
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@Sindigo I don't know about where you live, but here in the UK to give incorrect information to the registrar when notifying a birth or death. It would also be your parents responsibility to notify the registrar. So how did you end up with the wrong birth date on your certificate?
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@algomeysa, except you don't know much biology do you. You'd be looking at a date of actual conception approximately two weeks later than January 31st. Or to put it another way, Valentines day.
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I'm born on Halloween.

But then again... Only in the last 6-8 years has Halloween gotten big in Germany. It was practically unknown before.
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Or maybe this is just when the births are reported. My birth certificate says I was born on March 31st but that's not how everyone in the family remembers it....
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