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Are more babies born during a full moon?

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It was silly of me to make this graph because multiple large-scale studies have shown that there is no correlation between the phase of the moon and when babies decide to show up. But when you're a programmer with data and a word problem, sometimes bad things happen.

This graph looks pretty even, so I'm going to conclude the same thing everyone else does: babies don't care anything about what the moon's doing, they come when they're ready to be born.

Math check

I like showing my work, so here's php code to figure out what moon phase a recent date is in. This also inspired me to write my What moon phase were you born in quiz, there are more notes on moon phases and lunar months then.
// Start with the date you're learning about ($timestamp)

$synmonth = 29.53059;	// Days in a synodic lunar month
$oneday = 24*60*60;	// Seconds in a day
$firstnew = mktime(12,0,0,1,26,1971);	// We happen to know there was a new moon on 26 Jan 1971

$timestamp = $timestamp-$firstnew; // Difference between our timestamp and the new moon

$daysoff = round(fmod($timestamp,$synmonth*$oneday)/$oneday,0);

Data table

Days away from
the new moon
# of babies
spontaneously born
081
1234
2242
3222
4222
5208
6222
7209
8256
9218
10222
11200
12224
13216
14209
15206
16244
17203
18183
19210
20237
21191
22239
23214
24212
25197
26202
27230
28221
29221
3010

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Bilingual Babies

Fri Feb 27 10:15 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

Eh, everyone speaks weirdly in their own language. That's what language does. Don't worry about that.

My kid's not bilingual (as in we don't speak in home) but we did send her to an immersion school so that at school she only speaks Spanish. It's amazing how much she can speak, and learn (and teach us a little) even with zero experience in the outside world.
In all honesty if you:
* speak English to the kid
* let others speak to the kid in whatever language they want (English or Finnish)

The kid will speak both languages. The brain is amazingly plastic, more than we ever thought (people CAN learn languages well and build brain connections at older ages, there's lots of new research out there!). Kid will be fine. Kid is already immersed in Finnish - even if you and your spouse only speak English at home, that will be fine! And even so your spouse is speaking Finnish. Things will be fine.

wrt your mother, just keep telling her that you are speaking English with him at home, so she will be fine and able to communicate. Kids over there (and most of the rest of the world) learn a lot of languages, we're just crappy here in the US about doing that, and frankly, doing them a disservice. Kids are sponges!


Breastfeeding & accoutrements thereof

Thu Feb 26 5:28 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

My boobs are small, and this is important for a couple of reasons: At any one time I can only produce a max of about 6 oz.
Actually, the physical size of your boobs doesn't have much to do with how much you produce. There are lots of small-breasted women who produce a lot and lots of large-breasted women who don't. It's mostly genetic and some other variables thrown in (e.g. if there was a lot of BPA in your mom when you were in utero can affect it, we're finding out).


Keeping your pre-pregnancy/parenthood identity

Thu Jan 29 4:36 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

You don't have to post at all if you don't want to! But we're here to offer support if you do want to.

I have very little time sans baby anymore
This does get a little better over time, when they're a little more autonomous. Though I still long for the day when I can just freaking go to the bathroom all by myself. (I seriously spent like 20 minutes in the bathroom the other day while the hubby was watching the kid @ a birthday party, just for that reason. I mean how sad does that sound?)

I know he requires more alone time than I do, and I know he isn't getting any more than I am.
Any chance of arranging a tag-team schedule?


sleep humor

Fri Jan 23 7:13 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

Here's a really funny humor bit about sleep, but the same general idea can apply to pretty much any "advice" given to new parents.

"I bought all the top books on baby sleep and development. I read through them all, as well as several blogs and sleep websites. I gathered lots of advice:"

https://chimericalcapuchin.wordpress.co ... babybooks/


Why Pocket Diapers Are Better Than Disposables

Sun Jan 11 3:31 PM by Nancy Erick in Pregnancy & Parenting

Hi everyone

A Beautiful article by writer Kathryn McDowell recently I read liked to share with you

Why Pocket Diapers Are Better Than Disposables :


As a young parent, you've no doubt heard of pocket diapers. Perhaps a neighbor or a co-worker told you about them. Or it was your babysitter, who asked you to get them soon. Well, so many families in America are today turning to pocket diapers for their little ones. But a majority still holds on to disposable diapers, while being curious about pocket diapers at the same time.

Why are diapers so great? For a start, pocket diapers come with brand new fabrics and super absorbent pads, are easy to put on, simple to take off, easy to wash and quick to dry. And they are better than disposable diapers.

They are Cheaper
Until your child is potty trained, you'd probably spend something close to $2500 to $3000 on diapers - which is quite a lot. Biodegradable disposable diapers are even costlier. But with pocket ones, you won't have to spend anything more than $350 to $400, till your child is potty trained.


10 things you can leave off the baby registry

Fri Feb 27 8:12 PM by metawidget in Pregnancy & Parenting


I had a different type of co-sleeper that went next to the bed...Spouse and I saw this at the shop and registered for it immediately as it makes perfect sense for us, but it doesn't seem to be a popular way of doing things. Thanks for writing about it, as I was beginning to wonder if we had misunderstood its purpose.
We jammed a toddler bed with head and foot boards between our bed and the wall (it was the same height as our bed), stuffed the crack with a rolled-up blanket, and voilą, sidecar co-sleeper.


Bonding

Fri Feb 6 4:35 AM by Zeph in Pregnancy & Parenting

Bonding with my future infant is a concern of mine, because my depression is debilitating. I'm relieved to know that normally functioning women don't feel that head-over-heels mushy baby love.


name trends

Wed Jan 28 8:58 AM by Lemon in Pregnancy & Parenting

Some of my family members who work in the healthcare system have overheard some doozies.

I work in healthcare, so I can relate. I think my favourite was a kid called "Abcde" which we were assured was pronounced "Abasidee". Mirena was a cute choice, named after the contraceptive device. Then there have been some good narrative names including places of birth - e.g. "Shell" (after the baby born in a petrol station carpark) - and places of conception - e.g. "...(a suburb which I'll keep secret - just in case this somehow breaches some poor kid's privacy) bus stop."


It takes 13 million calories to raise a child!

Wed Jan 21 4:32 AM by textualorientation in Pregnancy & Parenting

Recently found out how much energy it takes to raise a child. Woah.

I'm pretty infuriated that in Canada it can cost $1,676/month for daycare, when science actually tells us we evolved to help each other raise children. I wrote a blog about this in case anyone is interested! I would really like to see this change for mothers all over Canada.

https://textualorientation.wordpress.co ... ledaycare/


some quotes recently I read

Sat Jan 10 4:50 PM by Nancy Erick in Pregnancy & Parenting

i search about these quotes in google


How did you decide how many kids to have?

Fri Feb 27 2:42 AM by MFS in Pregnancy & Parenting

First 2 were on purpose, 3rd kinda not so much, 4th was totally an oops (when you think things are broken, they have this habit of fixing themselves). Made sure we were done after that. Aside from that, we knew we'd have at least 2, likely 3, but the timing was not at all what we thought we were "planning". Such is life.


Because judging other parents is absurd.

Tue Feb 3 7:05 AM by Zeph in Pregnancy & Parenting

It's alright to discuss these topics, but there needs to be boundaries. I would use the following, personally:

1. Don't insert yourself into a stranger's situation or bring up the topic yourself to a stranger.
2. It's probably not your business if you're not a parent yourself.
3. Ask the person why they are making these choices, don't assume.
4. Try to end on a positive note.

I don't feel right bringing up to my sister that I don't agree that she spanks my nephew, but after being a teacher, I am pretty forgiving of parents' choices. It's the hardest role there is. Even though I want to raise my children on nutritious meals, cloth diapers, and museum passes, I know I'm going to slip up and give them fries, Huggies, and Disney DVD's.

I also feel that home birth is a fine option for low-risk births, where the mother is well coached and the midwife is reputable. If you live near a hospital and your midwife is highly qualified, why not? They have equipment. I won't be choosing this option, but with any birth plan there needs to be a series of precautions taken.


34 Weeks

Fri Jan 23 11:57 PM by Sonic# in Pregnancy & Parenting

Probably not. As we pointed out in the other topic, 34 weeks isn't even on the chart because it's so rare:
http://spacefem.com/pregnant/charts/duedate1.php

You'd be better off worrying over a car accident.


Work

Thu Jan 15 9:17 PM by bigdaddy in Pregnancy & Parenting

I will do cheers but in people's experiences and options I should be ok


Working as due date approaches

Mon Jan 5 6:18 AM by Bork in Pregnancy & Parenting

However long you end up staying at work, once you're in labor, PLEASE GO HOME. Or to the hospital. Because staying at work while you're in labor is hella awkward for everyone involved.