Will we see more babies born today – when the moon is full? I am already past my due date and all the unsolicited advice givers tell me that baby girl is going to pop out when the moon is full – so in my case, today. I live in a little village in Italy by the sea, where the moon in fact is considered quite a powerful phenomenon. It moves the tides, so fishermen need to move their boats from the sea to the beach when the water levels are high; it is believed to have a huge impact on plants, so the decision whether to plant or not depends on the moon phase; and of course the women here, as anywhere else in the world, pretty much have a 28 day menstrual cycle – as long as the moon cycle. Coincidence?
The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth, and the fifth largest satellite. The tides on the Earth are mostly generated by the gradient in intensity of the Moon’s gravitational pull from one side of the Earth to the other, the tidal forces. This forms two tidal bulges on the Earth, which are most clearly seen in elevated sea level as ocean tides.
LUNAR EFFECT ON BIRTHS
The theory of the lunar effect on births is based off the fact that the moon’s gravitational pull causes high tides. Since the human body is made up of 80 percent water, the pull is believed to speed along the childbirth process. Is it true?
STUDIES OF THE LUNAR EFFECT
In the largest study, published in 2001, astronomer and physicist Daniel Caton examined 20 years of data from the National Center for Health Statistics – about 70 million U.S. births. He found no correlation between the full moon and deliveries. (At about the same time, French researchers looked at 14.5 million births in Europe and also discovered no patterns.)
Even though the lunar effect seems not to have been confirmed by statistical evidence, my midwife would swear that there are many more deliveries during a full moon. Will I confirm her hypothesis? Let’s wait and see.
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