Births do not rise during full moon: study

  1. Doctors and nurses who work in the delivery room should not fret during the next full moon: a new study has found no evidence to support the common belief that births and delivery complications spike during full moons. Some people believe that maternity wards are more crowded during certain lunar phases, especially during a full moon, but the notion didn't hold up under scrutiny.

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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Heck I know that.

    But I do see an increased incidence of spontaneous ROM (rupture of membranes) with storm systems/barometric changes. I wonder if any studies exist that coroborate this?
  4. by   FrumDoula
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Heck I know that.

    But I do see an increased incidence of spontaneous ROM (rupture of membranes) with storm systems/barometric changes. I wonder if any studies exist that coroborate this?
    Am I the only one who was shocked that researchers could even FIND women who went into labor spontaneously, given the numbers of inductions and elective c-sections we're seeing?! *snork*

    Alison
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Interesting study
  6. by   baby&mommynurse
    Given that we're busy all the time, it doesn't even matter if there's a full moon or not!
  7. by   ZASHAGALKA
    but full moons certainly bring out the freaks to the ER. . .

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    but full moons certainly bring out the freaks to the ER. . .

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    and in L/D often!!!
  9. by   ceecel.dee
    We would always cringe during a full moon when in L&D and ER! I'm a believer!
  10. by   luvmydanes2
    tell my danes that..my girl whelped the day before the full moon and then I midwifed for a girl's dane the very next night on the full moon and two other friends also had babies that same night...lol..must just be a coincidence...
  11. by   L&Dnurse2Be
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Heck I know that.

    But I do see an increased incidence of spontaneous ROM (rupture of membranes) with storm systems/barometric changes. I wonder if any studies exist that coroborate this?

    I'm a believer in the barometric changes. We had a low pressure system come in when I was pregnant with my first. My water broke 6 weeks early. The NICU at the hospital was absolutely full! It was nuts!

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