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A Full Moon doesn’t always bring lots of babies

Full Moon Flight

A Full Moon Flight?

We had a Full Moon this past weekend. October 4th– according to my calender.  Over the past 35+ years in this business, it has been my experience that the full moon does NOT bring all the babies! We had just one baby born this whole weekend….  and hardly any labor checks. It was eery Quiet. (The “Q” word. Something we only say after our shift!)85902615

The weekend before, however, is another story! We had 13 deliveries during the 2 day wkend and L&D was packed most days during the whole week leading up to this full moon! We had to use a lot of overflow rooms for evals and non-stress tests. Everywhere I turned, it was crazy busy.. and not just in L&D. It seems we get more babies with high bilirubins, more early babies with transitional breathing problems and other little issues whenever we have high census!

In my experience, I have seen the most babies born either on a new moon or the week of waxing or waning of the full moon and not on the actual full moon.  Is it like that where you work?? I would really like to know the experiences of other L&D nurses.

So tell me—  what happens in your world?

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  1. Is it possible that a lot of thease were inductions done ‘the week before’ that is all too popular thease days and that would explain all the babies needing extra care?

    It is weird.

    October 6, 2009
  2. StorkStories #

    @briome I have to laugh at your comment because of course there is ALWAYS that factor causing all sorts of increased acuity both in L&D, Nsy, NICU, and Mother/baby unit. Not that it’s funny at all… just sadly so true. 😦 But this time I’m actually talking about natural times of high census… where the bus pulls up and all the pregnant ladies get off. Many times they come in droves…. It has been my experience that it is not on the night of the full moon….. Wondering if it’s just me???

    October 6, 2009
  3. I am not an L&D nurse. However, my very experienced midwife told me that it wasn’t the full moon, but a change in weather that brought babies. Her claim is that when there is a drop in barometric pressure everyone suddenly goes into labour. I cannot evaluate her experience, but I thought you might find it interesting all the same. 🙂

    October 6, 2009
  4. Our census ebbs and flows. One of the OB’s daughters did a school project to test the hypothesis that more babies are born during a full moon versus the other moon cycles. She looked at our births from the previous year and found that we actually had an increase in births during the new moon phase each month. Interesting, huh?

    October 6, 2009
  5. We were “Q” on this last full moon, too.

    Everyone says that about the moon, but I think it’s just a fun myth to commiserate about.

    October 15, 2009

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