Report: Most US babies born on a weekday

The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reports that most infants born in the US come into the world “on a weekday, with the highest percentages delivered between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from noon to 1 p.m., according to a report published” today by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. However, births that take place out of the hospital tend “to take place in the wee morning hours between 1 a.m. and 4:59 a.m., the report found.”

The AP reports that “the 8 o’clock hour is…the peak time for cesarean sections, which tend to be scheduled in advance,” the report reveals. “For deliveries that are moved along with labor-inducing drugs, mid-afternoon is most common.”

The report also found that Tuesday has the “highest numbers of births, on average,” while “Sunday has the lowest number.”

TIME reports that researchers arrived at these conclusions after examining “2013 birth certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System.”

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