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View Poll Results: What time did you give birth?
Midnight-6am 70 100.00%
6am-noon 65 100.00%
Noon-6pm 54 100.00%
6pm-midnight 58 100.00%
It was dark outside 27 100.00%
It was light outside 25 100.00%
Some were at night and some during the day 25 100.00%
other 0 0%
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A friend told me recently that when she had her baby, her OB told her that most women deliver their babies at night. She said that all mammals instinctively deliver at night as a safety mechanism. I'm just curious how many that is true for. *The poll is multiple choice

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Old 11-29-2007, 06:26 PM
 
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I voted 5pm which was when I had my second, but I had my other daughter at 9pm. I think it was dark the first birth (January in Seattle) and really light the second. 5pm August in Seattle!
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11:41 and 2:25. Light out both times.

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All of my labors started late night/early morning, while it was dark out; but all of them were delivered during the day, while it was light.
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I have one early morning (still dark) and three daylight. I labored all night with two of those. One went long and I gave birth at 9:24 a.m. With this one I'm projecting a nice 5-6 hour labor with a birth around 11 am - noon so someone can go get me some great take out for lunch. I prefer morning light to afternoon. My night birth was great, though. Very peaceful.

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Three in the 6am to noon category (2 of those before 7am) and one in the nighttime category.
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First labor started with SROM in the early a.m. and she was born before midnight. Second labor started with SROM before 10 p.m. and he was born just before dawn.

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It is generally true that diurnal animals give birth at night and nocturnal animals give birth during the day.

Things get a bit wonky here where there can be so many medical interventions, but most natural births are at night/early morning.

I want to say that you can read more about this phenomena in Sara Blaffer Hrdy's Mother Nature. Though I may be thinking of one of a number of other related anthropology texts.
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He was born at 11:23pm. My water broke at 330am that day, but active labor only got going once we had pit around 6:30pm.

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My children were all born at different times of day.

#1: 4:07 am ~ very early morning
#2: 8:07 am ~ morning
#3: 12:21 pm ~ noonish
#4: 3:44 pm ~ afternoon
#5: 11:23 pm ~ midnight
#6: 6:08 am ~ early morning
#7: 10:59 am ~ noonish


OH, just wanted to add. All my births were homebirths, no medical interventions at all.

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DD1: 12:07 AM dark outside

DD2: sometime in the afternoon (not sure if it was before or after 6:00 PM) light outside, late April so it got dark late

DS: 5:00 PM dusk, mid November. I was in my basement bedroom and I'm not sure how dark it was at that point.

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labor started (slowly): 11AM on a Monday
baby born: 10:30AM on a Tuesday

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#1 - 4.07am (emergency c/s)
#2 - 8.24pm VBAC
#3 - 1.43am
#4 - 2.51pm

All totally different, i found with my last one who was born in the day at home with the curtains open didnt open his eyes for the first few days all the others were wide eyed when they were born.

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5:56 pm january, dark
9:05 pm august, dark.
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Yeah, my son was born at 8:14 a.m., but that was after mucho medical intervention. ;-) I think it would be more... telling... to break it down by whether you had a completely natural birth progression or not.
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#1 - 4.07am (emergency c/s)
#2 - 8.24pm VBAC
#3 - 1.43am
#4 - 2.51pm

All totally different, i found with my last one who was born in the day at home with the curtains open didnt open his eyes for the first few days all the others were wide eyed when they were born.
Interesting about the eyes. My first was born at night in a dimly lit bedroom. She didn't open her eyes for several days- which I didn't realize until somebody asked me about her eye color and I didn't know!!! She did have her eyes open for a minute or so after birth, but the lighting was such that I coldn't distinguish her eye color anyway.

The other two were born in better lit rooms and had their eyes open a lot more. Basically, they were bigger (9ish lbs instead of 7.5 lbs) and acted at birth the way DD1 did at 2 weeks old.

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My hazy rough estimates

#1--water broke at 10 pm-ish born around noon

#2--labor started in the morning, born at 8:30 pm

#3---water broke 2:30 am--born at 3 pm.

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my son was born at 1:41 in the afternoon.. my daughter around that time in the morning (12:57 to be exact )

 

 

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Mine were 11:50 pm and 1:53 a.m. both night time babies!!

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I am taking a psychology class and we just learned that the most common time for women to have a baby is at 1am. They didn't specify if that was when they went into labor or actually HAD the baby, but i thought it was interesting.

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I went into labor at night, in the dark, both times - 9 pm, just barely dark, with dd, and 1:30 am with ds. Both were born in the daylight. Dd was born at 8 am exactly and ds at 6:30 am. It was particularly gorgeous w/ ds - sunrise was official 6:38 am that day and we were in the sunroom, so the room was full of early morning light.

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1st - 11:11 pm
2nd - 1-something am
3rd - 2-something am

My midwife said in her experience most mothers having subsuquent babies have them in the middle of the night, after their older kids are asleep.
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My dd was born at 12:29 am. I was also born at 12:29 am, 24+ years earlier.

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All of my were born to daylight:
#1 2:29 pm
#2 11:37 am
#3 3:09 pm
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7.10am just in time for breakfast and i was born at 6.30 am
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7:41 am

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Both of my boys were born at 8:17pm lol

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#1 was born just before 5pm, in March, so at dusk
#2 was born at 3am.

But I went into labor with both at almost exactly the same time - 4 or 5 in the morning. With #1 I labored pretty steadily, contractions staying constantly spaced, until transition and the birth.

However, with #2, when I got up and said "aha, I'm in labor!" labor dropped off dramatically. I had something important to do, and then I had to get my support person for #1 over to watch him. It wasn't until all the i's were dotted and t's were crossed that my body let go and went back into labor. Once it did, it progressed very quickly.

I'd be interested in seeing when people's labor started, as compared to when it ended...

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3 out of 4 of my babies were born during the late evening/early morning.

I had my first child at 3 in the afternoon on a sunny April day.
I had my second at 9 at night on a cold September night.
I had my third at 6am in December and it was still dark out.
And my fourth was born at 4am in February, it was dark.

My last two were born at home and I went into labor on my own in the middle of the night. Both times I woke my DP up at 1am to tell him I was in labor. My first two were induced labors in the hospital.
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