Mar 1, 2019
If you are having a baby, try to do it during the day on a weekday. A new study from the Colorado State University reviews data from more than 2 million Texas births over a 5 year period and pinpoints the riskiest times to give birth.
Obstetric complications are nearly 30% higher on holidays, about 20% higher during night shifts, and 9% higher on weekends. If you deliver in a teaching hospital in July when the new residents first arrive, the complication risk is an average of 28% higher.
Hospitals are sites where medical miracles occur, but, given the nature of human frailty and exhaustion, so too can medical mishaps. When you or a family member is hospitalized, keep your eyes open and advocate for your own best interests in a friendly way. Then, if you can, try to avoid those holidays, nights, and weekends.
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Sammy Zahran, David Mushinski, Hsueh-Hsiang Li, Ian Breunig, Sophie Mckee. Clinical Capital and the Risk of Maternal Labor and Delivery Complications: Hospital Scheduling, Timing, and Cohort Turnover Effects. Risk Analysis, 2019; DOI: 10.1111/risa.13273